A slightly naughty but nice way with this veggie, which can be bland. This is delicious as snack, side dish, and especially to serve with hamburgers instead of french fries! Always make more than you think will be eaten, because it's always a hit! Here, I give quantities, but it's approximate. So is the time required. It's no problem slicing the zucchini earlier in the day and keeping it, covered, in a bowl, until needed. It absorbs very little oil and no deep oil cooking is required. Have some flaky sea salt handy ...
Since I can't eat entire tomatoes, I'm grateful for a recipe that uses tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes, etc. This recipe comes from Host Chelsie Kenyon on About.com's Mexican cooking forum. Thank you, Chelsie!
Please see Chelsie's original recipe here at http://mexicanfood.about.com/od/quickmexicanrecipes/r/SpanishRice.htm
You can make the salt nonexistent in this recipe by using no-salt tomato sauce and chicken broth.
I made up these sauteed onions one night to top a beef and Swiss sandwich; they're perfect on burgers, steaks and the like and a little swished around in some fried potatoes doesn't hurt, either. Please use a good whiskey, something like Maker's Mark is excellent, and don't be afraid to add more whiskey if you like! Also, this recipe doesn't make a large quantity; the onions are best when eaten immediately.
We used to eat a similar salad at a little Italian Bistro. We loved the simplicity of it. Easy to make but it still impresses company. In the summer when I have too many zucchini I substitute it for the cucumber.
If you have an extra morning, then these homemade fries are worth the time to make, they are 100% better than the store bought --- you can refry, bake or drop them in the hot oil from their frozen state, or they may be thawed first --- if you are lucky enough to own a Starfrit brand french fry slicer which is what I have used for years, then this will save so much time, I suggest to purchase one because after you try these fries you will be making them all the time and never go back to frozen again! --- use only red potatoes with the skin on or peeled I prefer them with the skin left on they taste better and also saves the peeling time, if you are leaving the peel on then clean the skins well to remove the dirt ---I usually purchase a 10 or 20 pound bag of red potatoes, slice them and them fry in batches this way I am assured to have lots in my freezer as they go quickly at my house! --- make certain that you have a lot of oil on hand for this --- plan ahead the uncooked fries need to soak in cold water in refrigerator for 8-24 hours before frying, 24 hours is even better.
I started doing this to save some time in the evenings. I don't like using that 10 minute Uncle Ben's but I do like having my rice ready that fast ;O). I really like using sushi rice! Use whatever rice you prefer!