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#1 of 6 Old 08-12-2002, 11:15 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Maybe all of you good cookin' people can help me out. I have more zuchinni and eggplants than I know what to do with. I want to freeze them so here are my questions:

do you think I could freeze uncooked, shredded zuchinni so I have it for breads through the winter? Usually I just bake the bread and freeze but with the heat we are having I don't want to turn on the stove.

does anyone have a recipe for breaded eggplant that you bake or grill instead of frying in oil? I used them for eggplant parmigiana and I worry about the amount of oil the eggplant soaks up.

Thank you for any ideas!
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I am not sure about the freezing ? but I would think that you could if it was in an airtight ziploc freezer bag.
For the eggplant, I have this great recipe for eggplant parm that uses a different way of breading the eggplant. I always hated watching the eggplant soak up all that oil too.
Here is what you do:
Cut the eggplant in about 1/2 inch thick slices then put a little bit of mayo-could use vegan or regular-in a bowl and take a pastry brush and VERY lightly brush some mayo on each side of the eggplant slice. After brushing the slices w/mayo just dip each side in your bread crumbs and put on a cookie sheet and broil for about 5 minutes on each side until both sides are golden to light brown. The slices turn out just barely soft and stay a good texture in the eggplant parm. They are also yummy by themselves.
I hope this makes sense. This method is sooooo much easier than all the frying, oil soaking, and egg dipping.
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I shred and freeze zucchini and it has always worked great for me and my mom did it too.

In fact, I was given a huge one this weekend I am going to shred it up and measure it for bread portions today.

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I grill both and make "pizza" with them- yummy bread, tomato sauce, grilled veggies, and melted provelone on top. YUm!
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I think zucchini would make great pickles. Eggplant too, probably (I'm not so fond of eggplant).
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Thank you all for your great ideas! Keep them coming. I think I'll try Momma23's eggplant recipe once the heat breaks.

I do grill eggplant and zuke but there's only so much our family can eat in a week! I want to save some of our bounty for the dead of winter.

Zuchinni pickles sound interesting. Any good refrigerator pickle recipes?
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