Zucchini Scapece is a classic Italian dish that is perfect as an appetizer or side dish. Perfect because it can be made hours or days ahead of time!
Scapece is one of the names of the classical way of preserving fish and vegetables. This zesty Zucchini Scapece was one of my favorites that we prepared on Nonna Anna's cooking day. It is refreshing and easy to make. The mint gives the whole dish a wonderfully refreshing lift.
This dish is even better made a day in advance as it gives the zucchini plenty of time to absorb the flavors of the mint, garlic and vinegar. Use this as a side dish or vegetarian antipasto. On top of toasted bread, it is a meal in itself or excellent as a side for grilled or roasted meats.
More zucchini recipes for this beautiful summer veggie:
Zucchini Scapece (Sca-PE-chay)
- 4 large zucchini
- 2 cups Mediterranean Blend Oil or a mixture of 80% vegetable oil and 20% olive oil
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 2-3 cloves garlic, sliced
- 2 Tablespoons chopped mint
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- Slice the zucchini on a steep diagonal about 1/3-inch thick.
- Lay on racks and set out to dry for at least an hour. The traditional method is to dry them in the sun. Or, sprinkle the zucchini slices with some salt and let the salt draw out the moisture. After about an hour, rinse the zucchini and pat dry.
- In a 12" frying pan, heat the oil.
- When the oil is shimmering, add some of the zucchini slices, don't crowd the pan.
- Fry until golden brown, turning once.
- Lift the pieces out of the oil with a slotted spoon (a spider strainer works well) and place immediately into a bowl. No need to drain.
- Keep adjusting the heat to make sure the oil is very hot before adding more zucchini. They should fry up quickly.
- Repeat until all the zucchini is fried.
- Once all the zucchini pieces are in the bowl, while still hot, add the garlic, mint, salt and pepper.
- Let marinate for at least 2 hours at room temperature.
- Then serve!
Gr8 Serving Tips:
- Serve as an appetizer with forks, or put on toasted baguette.
- These are a Gr8 addition to a bruschetta bar.
- Use these in your sandwiches...yummy, yummy!