Blame my first owned recipe on these 10-peso ($0.20) zucchinis. I never realized that my Php 10.00 could end up being thiiiiis good!
I would not say that the recipe is 100% mine. Whenever I try to do something new, I like to read other people’s blogs first and study my options before actually trying it. For instance, this Zucchini Cheddar Baked Recipe is actually an inspiration from
this one, the latter being the better version, but hey I’m just starting. 🙂 Plus, being in a third-world but beautiful country like the Philippines, some ingredients (or even materials for some craft projects that I previously tried) are either to me just not available or affordable (working-class momma here!), so I am oftentimes left with creativity in thinking of ways to get to the same results on different routes, which, I don’t actually mind doing at all.
This recipe is fairly easy and just took me 15 mins to prepare and additional 15 mins to bake.
Begin by cutting the zucchinis lengthwise. I bought mine in the infamous Alabang’s wet market, where everyday vegetables could be bought at 10 pesos per pack. My 10 pesos got me 2 medium-sized zucchinis. One medium-sized zucchini could yield 8 slices. Set aside.
On a separate bowl, mix the grated cheddar cheese, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Feel free to be more creative on this part. My original inspiration included garlic powder, some thyme and oregano leaves, and used parmesan cheese instead of cheddar. That is absolutely fine too. I would have loved to try adding thyme and oregano leaves too, but basil is what I have and rain is pouring hard outside so I just lived with it. I assure you it’s totally fine.
Sprinkle the mixture onto the zucchinis and place them in a baking pan. Add cooking or olive oil.
Bake for 15 or so minutes or until the toppings are fully baked. Some of my zucchinis went soggy after baking and I thought I may have put too much oil, but the taste is still very satisfying for me. Some room for future improvement there. 🙂 My husband isn’t home from work yet, so I guess we shall see. I love eating zucchinis but never tried baking them except tonight. I will definitely try this again!
‘Til the next recipe,