If you grow your own zucchini, you’re probably starting to have an abundance of them right about now. I know we are. Green ones. Yellow ones. I’ve been enjoying our zucchini in many different ways this past week. And if you do grow them, check out my Awesome Blossoms post and make use of those delectable zucchini flowers. Fiori di zucchini. They are a favourite summertime treat in our household.
Another favourite in the summertime is putting out an array of various nibbles on the table and making a meal of it. With good friends. Crusty bread, cheese, olives, roasted peppers, eggplant, tomato and cucumber salad, prosciutto, and these little zucchini bundles. Stuffed with blissful buffalo mozzarella, a cheese made in Italy with milk from the water buffalo, and fresh basil leaves. Perfect summertime treat!
Green and yellow zucchini
Mozzarella di Bufala, or fresh mozzarella
Fresh basil leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Bring some water to a boil in a medium pan and plunge the entire zucchini, whole, into the water for 3 minutes, 4 minutes for larger zucchini. The reason for this is because the zucchini, once thinly sliced, needs to be pliable enough to roll. I tried without boiling first and I wasn’t able to roll them into little bundles. Remove zucchini from the water and place in a colander, running cold water over them for a few minutes.
When cool enough to handle, slice as thinly as possible. I used a mandolin at the smallest setting. Lay out the slices on a tea towel and cover with another towel, allowing for the water from the zucchini to be absorbed. Let sit until ready to roll.
Pat the buffalo mozzarella dry with paper towels. Chop into small bites, no wider than the zucchini slices. Chop or tear the fresh basil in similar sizes. 30 minutes before serving, roll into little bundles. Sprinkle the slices lightly with salt, place a basil leaf on one end of a zucchini slice and add the mozzarella on top. Roll into a bundle and place on a dish. Drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and serve immediately. Buon appetito!
Fae's Twist & Tango said:
I really like these bundles, Lidia! Brilliant! Yum!
I like these little bundles too! My brother gave me the idea to perhaps grill the zucchini slices instead of boiling the whole zucchini. It would probably make it tastier.
Fae's Twist & Tango said:
As thin as they are, grilling may shrink them to no recognition, maybe?
I thought the same but I’ll give it a try next time, to please my brother!
I love zucchini and have been trying new recipes. Looks great, thanks for sharing!
My pleasure! Hope you give them a try!
I’d be happy to be invited to dine with you, my kind of food, delicious!
And I would love to have you. Who knows, maybe one day…
Anne ~ Uni Homemaker said:
This is such a great way of eating zucchini Lidia. I adore buffalo mozzarella. Delicious!
I know, isn’t it just sublime?
They look wonderful! Thanks for the tips 🙂
And they taste wonderful!
These look great!
Thanks Tasty Treats!
Great idea Lidia! You’re right about the abundance of zucchini. My neighbor brought over a ton for us last week! I have been up to my eyeballs making zucchini bread. I tried making zucchini/onion pancakes but no one liked them but me. I’ll have to give this a shot if I can fit the zucchini in my pot. The zucchini she gave us was huge!
I love zucchini bread and I love zucchini fritters… Too bad you’re not my neighbour! I suggest that you stuff the huge zucchini as it might not be tender enough to eat almost raw. Or you can slice them about 1/4 thick, maybe a tad thinner, marinate with olive oil, balsamic vinegar or red wine vinegar, salt & pepper, and throw them on the grill. Yummy!
That does sound good! Great idea!
These are wonderful, Lidia. Such a great treat and tasty way to serve zucchini. Love that you made them with buffalo mozzarella. Who wouldn’t like that? By now, most zucchini growers are swimming in squash. I bet they’re going to love you!
Thanks John! I just got back from the country with plenty more zucchini!! I’ll have to come up with a couple more recipes…
now at home mom said:
We have a lot of zucchini too now, they are so big and with hubby we tested out many recipes too! 🙂 this looks so delicious, I want to try it Lidia! 🙂
I hope you are having a great week 🙂
Thanks Ingrid! Just got back from the country where we had a very relaxing time and picked many more zucchini from our garden!!
Mama's Gotta Bake said:
These will be perfect for my Labor Day party!
I’m glad you think so!
I love summer meals like the one described. Your zucchini bundles sound like a wonderful addition.
Thank you Karen!
how stunning! I’ll be making these next time we have BBQ – they look gorgeous.
Oh, thank you! And they’re pretty tasty too!