FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

Home > Appetizers > Braised Zucchini on Crusty Bread

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.

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

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 🙂 

Ingredients 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. Sauté them until soft (5 min on medium heat), stirring to keep the veggies from scorching.

Braised Zucchini on Crusty Bread-1

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

Braised Zucchini Mix-6

Braised Zucchini Mix-7

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. Cover and cook on med/high until zucchini release their juice (20 min) stirring occasionally.

Braised Zucchini on Crusty Bread-2

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.

Braised Zucchini on Crusty Bread-3

Braised Zucchini Mix-20

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!

4.95 from 17 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
Keyword: Braised Zucchini Spread
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
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. Sauté 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. Sauté 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.

Final Final Picmonkey Hashtag banner

FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

natashaskitchen

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

Read more posts by Natasha

Read comments/reviewsAdd comment/review

  • Natalya S.
    September 27, 2019

    This is yummy! I can’t believe I didn’t think to check your website for zucchini recipes before! I have been drowning in humongous zucchini from my garden and I’ve been giving them away because it was too much for us and I didn’t know how to use up that much. I got some great recipes from you now  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 27, 2019

      I’m so glad so discovered this recipe, Natalya! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • 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! 🙂 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! 🙂 Reply

      • Natasha
        August 4, 2015

        Loved it!!!!!! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          August 4, 2015

          Awesome!! Thanks Natasha 🙂 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 🙂 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!! 🙂 Reply

  • Tanush mel
    September 1, 2013

    http://pinterest.com/pin/141089400799655311/
    pinned it!! Reply

  • 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

    http://pinterest.com/_/_/about/goodies/#browser

    Pinned on Pinterest 🙂 Reply

  • Mila
    September 1, 2013

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

  • Diana
    September 1, 2013

    I’ve pinned it. 🙂

    http://pinterest.com/pin/145241156706148557/
     Reply

  • 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! 🙂 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

  • Noreen
    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 😉 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 🙂 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

    pinned here: http://pinterest.com/pin/417427459182883202/
     Reply

  • 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. 🙂 Reply

  • Sophia
    August 27, 2013

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

  • Irene
    August 27, 2013

    shared on facebook 🙂 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

  • Felicia
    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 😉 Reply

  • Violetta
    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

    Tweet!

    https://twitter.com/normawatson/status/372204765419028480 Reply

  • Cindy Aiton
    August 26, 2013

    Shared on Facebook!

    https://www.facebook.com/cindy.aiton/posts/579789285397134 Reply

  • 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

Add comment/review

Leave a comment

As Featured On

FREE BONUS: 5 Secrets to Be a Better Cook!

5 Secrets to

Be a Better Cook

FREE EMAIL SERIES

Natasha’s favorite tips to unleash your inner chef!

Never Go "Hangry" Again!

Get weekly updates on new recipes, exclusive giveaways plus behind the scenes photos.