Grilled Zucchini and Feta Toasts
Though its flavor is subtle, zucchini absorbs seasonings readily, and develops deep complexity when grilled. In this recipe, the grilled squash is doused with a flavorful oil made with garlic, cumin and coriander. If you have extra time, marinate the grilled zucchini pieces in the spice oil for up to 24 hours to help build flavor. You can serve the dish hot off the grill, or prepare in advance, then serve at room temperature.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 4medium zucchini (about 1 pound), trimmed and halved lengthwise
- ½cup olive oil
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 4thick slices country or sourdough bread
- 4garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly crushed
- 1teaspoon coriander seeds, lightly crushed
- 1teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- Grilled bread, for serving
- 3ounces feta, crumbled into large pieces
- Lemon wedges, for serving
Step 1Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high and brush the grates clean, if grilling outdoors.
Step 2With a small spoon, scrape the seeds from the middle of zucchini halves and discard. Rub zucchini with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place zucchini halves onto grill, cut-sides down, and cook until charred on both sides, turning halfway through, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer grilled zucchini onto a cutting board, let cool slightly then cut into bite-size pieces.
Step 3While zucchini grills, brush bread on both sides with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Grill until lightly charred on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter.
Step 4While zucchini and bread grill, prepare the spice oil: Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in a small saucepan over medium-low until hot. Stir in the garlic, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red-pepper flakes, and remove from heat. The residual heat from the oil will cook the garlic and spices. Transfer spice oil to a large bowl, add grilled zucchini and toss to combine.
Step 5Spoon zucchini over grilled bread and top with large pieces of feta. Serve with lemon wedges for squeezing on top.