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Roasted Zucchini

Thomas Keller-Inspired with Tomato, Garlic, Basil, and Olive Oil Sauce

Welcome to a culinary journey inspired by the legendary Thomas Keller. In this delectable recipe, we celebrate the simplicity of Roasted Zucchini and elevate it to new heights with a vibrant Tomato, Garlic, Basil, and Olive Oil Sauce. Whether you're a seasoned home chef or a novice in the kitchen, this dish will tantalize your taste buds and impress your guests. Let's dive into the world of flavors and textures that only roasted zucchini can provide.

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To create these incredible Roasted Zucchini, gather the following ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized zucchinis, sliced into rounds

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 4 ripe tomatoes, diced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Roasted Zucchini Instructions:

Preparing the Zucchini: Begin by preheating your oven to 375°F (190°C) and placing a baking sheet inside to warm. While the oven is heating, let's prepare the star of our dish: the zucchini.

The Diagonal Score: Take each zucchini and carefully score it diagonally, creating a beautiful diamond pattern. This not only enhances the zucchini's presentation but also allows the flavors to penetrate deeper during the roasting process. Your knife should glide through, but be cautious not to cut all the way through the zucchini.


The Fry: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, gently add the scored zucchinis. Fry them for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they turn a gorgeous golden brown. This step adds a delightful crispness to our Roasted Zucchini.

Preparing the Sauce: While the zucchinis are frying, let's work on the sauce. In the same skillet, add the minced garlic and sauté for a minute until it becomes aromatic. Now, pour in the diced tomatoes and let them simmer with the garlic for about 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.


The Oven Dance: Retrieve your preheated baking sheet from the oven. Carefully transfer the golden, fried zucchinis onto the hot sheet. The sizzle is music to our culinary ears! Place the zucchinis in the oven and let them roast for 20-25 minutes. This slow roasting will make the zucchinis tender yet firm, with a hint of smokiness.

The Basil Finale: While the zucchinis are in the oven, let's finish our sauce. Stir in the fresh basil leaves, allowing their fragrance to infuse into the tomato and garlic goodness. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Bringing It All Together: Once the zucchinis are beautifully roasted, remove them from the oven. They should have a lovely char on the scored parts.

8. Plating Place each roasted zucchini on a serving dish, drizzling them generously with the tomato, garlic, basil, and olive oil sauce. The sauce will seep into the scores, enhancing each bite with a burst of Mediterranean flavors. Garnish with some extra basil leaves for a pop of color.


Serve your Thomas Keller-inspired Roasted Zucchini with Tomato, Garlic, Basil, and Olive Oil Sauce as a delightful appetizer or a side dish that will steal the spotlight at any meal. The roasted zucchini's natural sweetness pairs harmoniously with the aromatic sauce, creating a symphony of flavors on your palate.

Pair this dish with a crisp white wine or a light, refreshing sparkling water for a complete dining experience. Bon appétit!

Roasted Zucchini, when prepared with care and paired with a flavorful Tomato, Garlic, Basil, and Olive Oil Sauce, becomes an irresistible culinary masterpiece. Thomas Keller's influence shines through in this recipe, offering you a taste of culinary excellence in the comfort of your own home. Enjoy the magic of roasted zucchini today and savor the simplicity of ingredients that come together to create an unforgettable dish.

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