Zucchine Sott’olio: Zucchini Preserved in Oil

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Zucchine Sott'olio: Zucchini Preserved in Oil
Adapted from Preserving Italy by Domenica Marchetti
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Aleppo Spiced Oil
Pickled Zucchini
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
quart
Ingredients
Aleppo Spiced Oil
Pickled Zucchini
Instructions
Aleppo Spiced Oil
  1. Add oil and spices together in a small saucepan, cover and heat over medium-low until just starting to simmer, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow spices to infuse the oil for at least an hour, longer if possible.
Pickled Zucchini
  1. Layer the zucchini in a colander set over the sink, sprinkling lightly with salt as you go. Place a heavy object on the top to weigh it down (I used canning jars). Let stand for 1 hour, then pat the slices dry with paper towels or clean kitchen towels.
  2. Combine the vinegar, water, and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the salt. Add the zucchini, using a wooden spoon to submerge it in the brine. Cover and boil until the zucchini slices have lost their bright green color, about 3 minutes. Remove the slices from the brine and lay them on clean kitchen towels to dry for 1 to 2 hours.
To Finish
  1. Layer the dry zucchini in a quart sized canning jar and pour Aleppo oil over the top. You should have just enough to cover the zucchini but if not, pour over additional oil. Screw the lids on tightly and let sit at room temperature for 24 hours. Check to make sure the zucchini remains completely covered; if not, add more oil.
  2. Let the zucchini cure in the refrigerator for 1 week before using, then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. To serve, remove from the jar only as much as you plan to use and let it come to room temperature. Top off the jar as necessary to keep the zucchini submerged.
Recipe Notes

You can completely skip the first step and just use plain ol' olive oil. I just wanted to experiment and try something different.

Chive & Paprika Yogurt Flatbread

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Chive & Paprika Yogurt Flatbread
Makes 6 - 4" flatbreads; adapted from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except cooking fat in a large mixing bowl. Stir together using a large spoon until the mixture is uniform, about 1 minute. Shape into a rough 3-inch disk, cover in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  2. Remove dough from the refrigerator and divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll into balls and flatten into thin 4-inch discs with a rolling pin.
  3. Heat a couple of teaspoons of butter or olive oil in a 12" non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until melted and bubbling has subsided (if using butter) or until shimmering (if using oil). Place 2 or 3 pieces of flatbread in the skillet and cook until spotty brown, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 minutes on the second side. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cook remaining pieces.
Recipe Notes

1) you can substitute whole wheat flour for the spelt - I just happened to have spelt flour on hand (spelt is an ancient form of wheat but has less gluten); 2) you can use plain whole yogurt in place of the Greek yogurt but the dough will be much stickier, so be sure to generously flour the board and rolling pin; 3) this is a great time to pull out your griddle if you have one and cook all of the flatbread at once. Simply preheat to 400°F, very lightly oil the surface and cook about 2 minutes each side.