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Braised Zucchini on Crusty Bread

Braised zucchini is a great way to use up summers' best vegetables! There's a spicy kick to this braised zucchini spread. Serve with soft crusty bread.

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Mom’s garden has been mass producing zucchini for the past month. Actually, all of the veggies in this recipe came from her garden. There’s a spicy kick to this braised zucchini spread. If you want your kiddos to eat it, you might add half of the hot sauce or none at all.

My son isn’t keen on spicy foods, but we sure are. Even though this mix is barely spicy, he detects any amount of heat and refuses to proceed. We’ll just have to make a second batch for him πŸ™‚Β 

IngredientsΒ for Braised Zucchini

4 small (2 lbs) zucchini, diced
3 medium (3/4 lb) carrots, grated
4 small (1 lb) yellow onions, finely chopped
2 medium/large tomatoes (1 lb), skinned and diced
2 medium red bell peppers, seeded and diced
3 bay leaves
1 tsp Mrs. Dash
2 tsp fine sea salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp hot sauce (Tabasco or Tapatio)

Crusty Bread to Serve (We bought the Rosemary olive oil bread from Costco).

Braised Zucchini Mix

How to Make Braised Zucchini and Vegetables:

1. Heat a large, deep pan over medium/high heat. Once it’s hot, swirl in 2 Tbsp olive oil. Dice onion (I used Vidalia Chopper) and grate carrots. SautΓ© them until soft (5 min on medium heat), stirring to keep the veggies from scorching.

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2. DiceΒ bell peppers and add them to the pan. SautΓ© until soft, stirring occasionally (another 5 min).

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3. Dice 4 zucchini. To make it easier to peel the tomatoes, we first blanched them in boiling water for 30 seconds. Dice tomatoes. Add zucchini and diced tomatoes to the pan. Add 3 bay leaves.Β Cover and cook on med/high until zucchini release their juice (20 min) stirring occasionally.

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4. Remove cover and season with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning, 2 salt (or to taste) and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir in 1 Tbsp hot sauce or to taste, then simmer another 5 min or until your mixture is spreadable and not too watery.

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Braised zucchini is a great way to use up summers' best vegetables! There's a spicy kick to this braised zucchini spread. Serve with soft crusty bread.

Braised Zucchini on Crusty Bread and Giveaway!

4.94 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
There's a spicy kick to this braised zucchini spread. If you want your kiddos to eat this, you might add half of the hot sauce or none at all.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: Varies by Season
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 4 small 2 lbs zucchini, diced
  • 3 medium 3/4 lb carrots, grated
  • 4 small 1 lb yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium/large tomatoes 1 lb, skinned and diced
  • 2 medium red bell peppers seeded and diced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash
  • 2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce Tabasco or Tapatio
  • Crusty Bread to Serve We bought the Rosemary olive oil bread from Costco.

Instructions

  1. How to Braise Zucchini and Vegetables:
  2. Heat a large, deep pan over medium/high heat. Once it's hot, swirl in 2 Tbsp olive oil. Dice onion and grate carrots. SautΓ© them until soft (5 min on medium heat), stirring to keep the veggies from scorching.
  3. Dice bell peppers and add them to the pan. SautΓ© until soft, stirring occasionally (another 5 min).
  4. Dice 4 zucchini. To make it easier to peel the tomatoes, we first blanched them in boiling water for 30 seconds. Dice tomatoes. Add zucchini and diced tomatoes to the pan. Add 3 bay leaves. Cover and cook on med/high until zucchini release their juice (20 min) stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove cover and season with 1 tsp Mrs. Dash seasoning, 2 salt (or to taste) and 1/4 tsp pepper. Stir in 1 Tbsp hot sauce or to taste, then simmer another 10 min or until your mixture is spreadable and not too watery.

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  • Katerina
    July 22, 2017

    I made it today with all the beautiful vegetables I picked up at the farmers market this morning. We enjoyed it. I would probably even serve it as a side dish. I wasn’t able to find red peppers and made it with green. I was wandering if anyone have tried freezing it? Thanks for a very precise recipe. It was very easy to follow. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 23, 2017

      Hi Katerina, thank you for the wonderful review! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe. I haven’t tried freezing it but I imagine it would work. Maybe someone else has tried? Thanks in advance! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Olya
    August 14, 2015

    When I cut my veggies they are not same in size, this chopper would be awesome! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 14, 2015

      It really is a great tool! Reply

  • Galina
    August 6, 2015

    Hi Natasha thank you sooooo much for all this delesiouse zucchini recipes… one question how long can you keep this braised zucchini?? Where?? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 6, 2015

      You can keep refrigerated for probably up to 5 days or so. It refrigerates and reheats really well. I like to reheat it on a skillet. Reply

  • Natasha
    August 4, 2015

    Thanks for bumping up this recipe in your recent post…making this now and I’m 5min away from being all don’t and my oh my does it smells soooo good!

    Thanks Natasha Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 4, 2015

      I’m totally making this today also! I hope you LOVE it! πŸ™‚ Reply

      • Natasha
        August 4, 2015

        Loved it!!!!!! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 4, 2015

          Awesome!! Thanks Natasha πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Sveta
    September 4, 2013

    This sounds and looks so yummy! Will be making this tonight! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 4, 2013

      Let me know what you think :). Reply

  • Sveta
    September 2, 2013

    subscribed to your youtube! Reply

  • Sveta
    September 2, 2013

    This amazing chopper would be great in my kitchen once i get married next year! i pinned the recipe and intend on trying it! http://pinterest.com/pin/391109548860563065/ Reply

  • Lana
    September 1, 2013

    I pinned it on Pinterest! The link won’t copy here for some reason… Sorry not sure if that counts then Reply

  • Valentina
    September 1, 2013

    Have 4 kids, you don’t have a lot of time on your hands. Hope I win this πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Wehaf
    September 1, 2013

    This would make chopping and dicing so much easier and faster because I would only have to cut my vegetables into large chunks, instead of tiny, uniform pieces. Reply

  • Tanush mel
    September 1, 2013

    i subscribed to your youtube thingy!! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Tanush mel
    September 1, 2013
  • oksana
    September 1, 2013

    I might actually make more oliviye if I had one of these instead of waiting til holiday parties to eat it!! All that chopping and dicing makes me scared to start! LOL Reply

  • Olga B
    September 1, 2013

    Subscribed on your YouTube channel Reply

  • Mila
    September 1, 2013
  • Mila
    September 1, 2013

    This tool would make my life so much easier with chopping veggies for olivie and many other things. πŸ™‚ I would LOVE to win it! Reply

  • Diana
    September 1, 2013
  • Rebecca
    September 1, 2013

    Wow, I bet that gadget would be an amazing time saver! Especially would love to use it for onions… Reply

  • Tanya Kim
    September 1, 2013

    I have shared this recipe in Facebook, & going to try this recipe today! The Vidali Chop Wizard would help out a lot with the chopping! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Lana
    September 1, 2013

    This be very usefull in my kitchen I chop a lot and this would save me time:) I shared on FB!!! Reply

  • Erika Lyvytska
    September 1, 2013

    I would love to have a chopper! Been meaning to get one, but haven’t. It would definitely make my life easier making salads, like olivye, or venegret, or mimoza. Just pretty much any salad that is time consuming to chop up all the cooked veggies. Reply

  • Erika Lyvytska
    September 1, 2013

    Shared on Facebook! Reply

  • Erika Lyvytska
    September 1, 2013

    Shared on Instagram. Erika_lyv Reply

  • Marina
    August 31, 2013

    The chopper would help save so much time! I would love to have one of these. Reply

  • Julie
    August 31, 2013

    Shared on Facebook! By the way, this looks so good. Must try ASAP! Reply

  • August 31, 2013

    I skip some recipes because of chopping so I would make those recipes now Reply

  • Veranika
    August 31, 2013

    Hi Natasha,
    Do you happen to have a recipe for “kabachkovaya ikra”? I do too have a garden, and a massive zucchini harvest πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • elena
    August 31, 2013

    This tool would really help to make my life easier. My husband and kids love salad, so this tool would help me with the salad making process πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Irene
    August 31, 2013

    This would save my poor hands and wrists a lot of stress which many times comes with chopping things for salads such as olivye, broccoli and others. Reply

  • Carol W
    August 31, 2013

    I shared on facebook as carol wegs
    carolwegs at gmail dot com Reply

  • Carol W
    August 31, 2013

    This would help so much, not only is it so much faster than chopping but everything is also the same size. thanks!!!!
    carolwegs at gmail dot com Reply

  • Tricia Z
    August 30, 2013

    I spend endless hours chopping veggies and fruit. This would help me use more in my cooking too. Thanks! Reply

  • Natasha
    August 29, 2013

    I pinned!  Reply

  • Natasha
    August 29, 2013

    I subscribe to your YouTube channel! Wildforwednesdays Reply

  • Natasha
    August 29, 2013

    I would use this for so many things! Onions, cucumbers, squash and all sorts of goodies!! Reply

  • Evelina
    August 28, 2013

    I have used one of these at my sister-in-law’s house and I loved it! It is amazing! I would be able to cut all the veggies so much quicker. I would love to win this. Reply

  • Olga B
    August 28, 2013

    This choper will save me lots of time in the kitchen. Reply

  • Olga B
    August 28, 2013

    Shared on facebook Reply

  • Ana
    August 28, 2013

    Shared on fb Reply

  • Ana
    August 28, 2013
  • Natalia
    August 28, 2013

    I was shared on Facebook.Thank you for your recipes. Reply

  • Natalia
    August 28, 2013

    The Vidali Chop Wizard will make my life not so busy,,kids can use it and its help a lot.. Reply

  • Marina
    August 27, 2013

    With this chopper, we would definitely be eating a lot more salads!!! Reply

  • Lina
    August 27, 2013

    MMMmmmmm… just made the braised zucchini and it it delicious!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe. My family also grows zucchini so I’m looking for recipes to put it to use. Reply

  • Ekaterina
    August 27, 2013

    I make salads all the time and making salsa would be a breeze:) this thing would be so awesome in my kitchen!! Reply

  • Sophia
    August 27, 2013

    Also subscribed to your youtube channel. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Sophia
    August 27, 2013

    Pinned! Can’t wait to try this!! Reply

  • Irene
    August 27, 2013

    shared on facebook πŸ™‚ Reply

  • AK
    August 27, 2013

    This would make chopping sooo much easier and faster, especially when cooking for a large family gathering! Reply

  • Katerina P
    August 27, 2013

    Shared on Facebook and subscribed to YouTube Channel. Reply

  • Luc
    August 27, 2013

    Something my kids could use with less risk of injury when they help with the cooking Reply

  • Ana
    August 27, 2013

    This would definitely save time especially making the broccoli salad that is often requested in the house. The broccoli chopping can become quite tedious especially if doubling the recipe… Reply

  • August 27, 2013

    My daughter likes to be right next to me when I cook, which is great except for when I’m chopping things. This would be so handy and a little safer, too! Reply

  • Inna
    August 27, 2013

    This chopper would help me oh so much! I make alevye salad and vinigret salad all the time but its so time consuming to chop with a knife:/ Reply

  • Victoria
    August 27, 2013

    I subscribed to the YouTube channel Reply

  • Julie
    August 27, 2013

    I subscribed to your YouTube channel! Reply

  • Julie
    August 27, 2013

    How great! It would make things like borsh and russian salads much easier! Sometimes I avoid certain recipes because of the chopping so this would leave me no excuse πŸ˜‰ Reply

  • August 27, 2013

    Hi! I have never see yellow zucchini.
    I love this post: is so healthy and simply, like italian cousine.
    Perfect. Reply

  • Katerina P
    August 27, 2013

    With a chopper like this, I think I will actually start to make olivye! Reply

  • Snow
    August 26, 2013

    With a family of 10 this chopper would save me loads of time! Reply

  • Cindy Aiton
    August 26, 2013
  • Cindy Aiton
    August 26, 2013

    Pinned!

     Reply

  • Cindy Aiton
    August 26, 2013

    This would make chopping onions so much easier! Tears start streaming down my face as soon as I make the first cut. Reply

  • Olga
    August 26, 2013
  • Olga
    August 26, 2013

    This chopper would make my olivye come out perfect every time. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Karolina
    August 26, 2013

    This would be my time savior in my kitchen! This just makes life easier! I always wanted one! Reply

  • Ioela
    August 26, 2013

    Being a mommy to 3 little boys, This amazing tool would save me lots of time in the kitchen to prepare all those yummy meals for my little sweethearts πŸ™‚  Reply

  • lanas
    August 26, 2013

    I would really like this. With 4 small kids I believe it’s would be a big help for me. Always wanted one of that but never got a time to buy it. Reply

  • lanas
    August 26, 2013

    Subscribed in your YouTube. Thanks. Reply

  • Kelly D
    August 26, 2013

    This would make chopping veggies easy and quick for adding to recipes I make my kids. Reply

  • Vera
    August 26, 2013

    This would make a breeze to make toddler meals. You can get everything bite size! πŸ™‚

    Also, it would be good to use for okroshka, borsh and our famous nachos =D Reply

  • Vera
    August 26, 2013

    I’m already subscribed to your YouTube channel! πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Oksana
    August 26, 2013

    This braised zucchini you posted sounds like ‘ikra’ spread. I love that stuff, we usually make it every year, I forgot this year though. To make it even more spreadable we run in through a blender or food processor, just a couple of seconds.
    Chopping and dicing in seconds – now that’s an awesome invention. Lets see, making braised zucchini, olivye, your broccoli salad are among some of the things that would make the process so much faster. I’ll bet my kids would be very useful with this in in kitchen (i’ll do the slicing, and they’ll do the dicing) Reply

  • Mila
    August 26, 2013

    Shared in Instagram Reply

  • Mila
    August 26, 2013

    Shared on Fb Reply

  • Mila
    August 26, 2013

    It will def be helping hand in the kitchen. Time wise and effort Reply

  • Lina
    August 26, 2013

    I’ve have subscribed to your youtube channel πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Lina
    August 26, 2013

    I’ve also pinned this on pinterest http://pinterest.com/pin/235664992974413076/ Reply

  • Lina
    August 26, 2013

    I have a friend who uses this chopper and I had to borrow it once. Also, I love olivye so now I don’t have to wait for a special occasion to make it because this chopper will save me time! Reply

  • Irina
    August 26, 2013

    would use it to make olivye Reply

  • Roxana
    August 26, 2013

    This would make Okroshka 10 times faster to make! Reply

  • Mariya
    August 26, 2013

    I would not have to cry whenever I have to chop onions which I hate doing! Reply

  • Janet T
    August 26, 2013

    That would make it easy and fun to make a healthy veggie salad for lunch. Reply

  • anya
    August 26, 2013

    It will make dinner preparation go by so much faster, and with school and a toddler it would be great help. Thanks natasha. Reply

  • Alina
    August 26, 2013

    Where do I begin…? I could use it for almost any meal… olivye, viniagrette, soups, salads (fruit or veggies), chopping chicken or sausage into tiny pieces to add to meals for my kids like chicken Alfredo or sausage with Mac & cheese, chopping veggies for omelets, this braised zucchini recipe…the list can go on and on. Lets just say it would definitely simplify my life! Reply

  • janet
    August 26, 2013

    This is spread is so colorful. I can imagine that your mother’s garden is producing wonderful vegetables with a lot of color throughout it. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Reply

  • Yelena
    August 26, 2013

    this would make my life so much easier. since I can remember we used to cut the salads by hand, but it would be so nice to get them done quicker. im a mom of two little ones. one is 14 months and the other is 3 weeks. I definitely stay busy during the day, if I were to win this my husband could definitely enjoy more salads that he actually enjoys. thank you πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Ruslana
    August 26, 2013

    Great for salads like olivye:) cuts your time of chopping in half !! Reply

  • Ivanna
    August 26, 2013

    We have a huge family , when we make olivye we do a huge portian thats takes forever to dice and cut ..this will def save us alot of time..ALso great for onion chopping πŸ™‚ Reply

  • olga
    August 26, 2013

    with the simplified way of chopping come new ideas for recipes. Reply

  • Olya
    August 26, 2013

    This chopper would make my life so much easier when I make olivie salad!! Reply

  • TrishInFL
    August 26, 2013

    I already subscribe to your YouTube channel. πŸ™‚ Reply

  • a.c.
    August 26, 2013

    It would make chopping a whole lot easier with 2 kids πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Blessie Nelson
    August 26, 2013

    shared on instagram – blessnel Reply

  • TrishInFL
    August 26, 2013

    This would save so much time!! Thanks for another great giveaway. Reply

  • Blessie Nelson
    August 26, 2013
  • Blessie Nelson
    August 26, 2013

    I have a bad habit of getting finger cuts when chopping onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes. This would save a lot of pain and blood! Reply

  • SvetKa
    August 26, 2013

    Fewer hours chopping?? More time with kids!! Or with my pillow… Hm… Reply

  • luba
    August 26, 2013

    I just shared with my friends on Facebook Reply

  • luba
    August 26, 2013

    Oh this tool will help me in buizy school time with cooking. Thank u for this opportunity Reply

  • Alyona
    August 26, 2013

    Just wanted to share my Mother-in-law version. Bell Peppers, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, Onions, Carrots, Sour Cream. First do zazharku (onions, carrots) then add diced eggplant, zucchini, red bell pepper, tomatoes. Saute it all. Then add diced tomatoes with skin. Cook another 5 min, top it off with sour cream or heavy whip. Sometimes I mix them together, Let it boil for a little and it’s done. Yummy I make it very often, kids love it. Goes great with mashed potatoes.

    Thank you so much for sharing! I love eggplant and will definitely try that! – Natasha  Reply

  • Alyona
    August 26, 2013

    I would use this chopper everyday for dicing onions, because slavic food has onions in all it’s dishes πŸ™‚ Would help in Olivie or Venigret a lot. I make it often my family’s favorite snack. Reply

  • Alyona
    August 26, 2013

    Pinned on Pinterest  Reply

  • Alyona
    August 26, 2013

    Shared on FB. Reply

  • Katrina T
    August 26, 2013

    I do a lot of chopping, this would take only a fraction of the time I spend. Reply

  • Alyona
    August 26, 2013

    Subscribed to your awesome You Tube Videos. Reply

  • oksana
    August 26, 2013

    Subscribed to youtube channel πŸ™‚ Reply

  • oksana
    August 26, 2013
  • oksana
    August 26, 2013

    I would use this to make olivye:) Reply

  • Yana
    August 26, 2013

    pinned!  Reply

  • Liz
    August 26, 2013

    I love this recipe. Thank you. Reply

  • Iryna
    August 26, 2013

    Didnt even know that we can find you on Youtube , very happy about that!!!

    Subscribed!!! Reply

  • Sveta
    August 26, 2013

    I shared it on FB  Reply

  • Sveta
    August 26, 2013

    I intragranmed it Reply

  • Sveta
    August 26, 2013

    I pinned it Reply

  • Sveta
    August 26, 2013

    To make olivye Reply

  • Iryna
    August 26, 2013

    Facebook is done 2!!!!! Reply

  • Leslie
    August 26, 2013

    I have the use of only 1 hand, so chopping is a problem. I can see myself using this daily. Reply

  • Larry
    August 26, 2013

    We enjoy making soup often,which requires lots of food prep, so this tool is idea for us. Reply

  • liliya G
    August 26, 2013

    this would make it easier by cutting time in half for me and not that we have a little one that would give us more time with her. Reply

  • Iryna
    August 26, 2013

    all done!!!!
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  • Liz
    August 26, 2013

    Wow – this would save me so much time. Love it. Thanks! Reply

  • Susanna
    August 26, 2013

    The chop wizard would definitely save me a lot of tears from all the onions I chop. Reply

  • vicki Tam
    August 26, 2013

    Thanks Natasha, wonderful recipe. Shared on Facebook. Reply

  • Laura weismann
    August 26, 2013

    I would adore this chopper and so would my poor eyes !!!! I love onions but they make my eyes water so bad i hardly use them ….. Reply

  • Zina P
    August 26, 2013

    I love a pretty salad or spread….this little handy Vidalia Chop Wizard will certainly make for a time-saving and pretty result! Reply

  • Alla
    August 26, 2013

    Oh my goodness, this would make salads so much easier to make for a family of 13!  Reply

  • natasha
    August 26, 2013

    Oh i always wanted to buy one of these but still havent bought one. This chopper would be used for all of my cooking. Chopping will just be fun, and much faster! Reply

  • Vicki
    August 26, 2013

    It would definitely save me time in the kitchen. I have a one year old little boy & every minute counts : ) Reply

  • Marina
    August 26, 2013

    I have never heard of the Vidalia Chop Wizard. It would save me tons of time. I’m potty training my little girl at the same time I’m cooking dinner and helping her 2 older brothers with homework, all while my husband is away at work for 2 weeks at a time. Whew!! Thanks for this recipe. Love the veggies! Reply

  • Eleonora T.
    August 26, 2013

    Subscribed to the YouTube channel πŸ™‚ Reply

  • Sharon
    August 26, 2013

    The Vidali Chop Wizard will make my chopping easier by speeding things in the kitchen. With one super active toddler and one climbing machine infant. Time is of essence. I would it use it daily to cut fresh fruit for the children to making soup and fresh veggies. Thank you for posting your recipes. This American, Russian, Ecuadorian, Spaniard family really enjoy them. Reply

  • August 26, 2013

    Love yellow zucchini and anything with a kick on a crusted bread is amazing. This zucchini is a great alternative to my mom’s lecho and adzhika. Sorry can’t enter the giveaway but I’m a fan on FB anyways.;) Cheers. Reply

  • August 25, 2013

    IS there anything more delicious than sweet, slow braised veggies on crusty bread? No there is not.

    We love this stuff. It’s the new comfort food in our house! – Natasha  Reply

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