Charred Zucchini with Feta Spread

The summer is coming with a quickness! Are you ready?

Hurry up and snatch this zucchini and cheese goodness so your appetizer game can be on point.  There's also cheese involved in this so you know things are starting to looking pretty good.  I can't lie, I'm not wild about mayonnaise.  In the condiment world, it's pretty much one of the worst things out there in my opinion.  There's truly nothing quite like swiping the last bit of cheese at the bottom of the bowl only to realize that it was really a glob of mayo.  That was not a fine moment.

What I adore about this dish is that it literally required 10 minutes of work in total.  Annnnd then I was done.  I really appreciate a nice and easy appetizer.  I'd rather spend time hanging out at a BBQ with my friends, perhaps drinking too much tequila and lime-a-rita mixes, instead of toiling away in the kitchen.  Speaking of which, I really need to retire the use of my oven for the summer.  There's no reason to start hotbox-ing my apartment just yet.  More on that in future blog posts.

For now, I want to spice up all the zucchini and cheese.  I want to be fancy and squeeze a lime section on top of one of these things without (I repeat: without!) squirting myself in the eye.  Another proud moment.  I will chow down with conviction because I'm eating green things and if it's green it's got to be healthy, which means I'm making some good decisions in life.  Definitely.


Charred Zucchini with Feta
slightly adapted from Joy The Baker

Print Recipe

  • 4 green zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • chili powder, for dusting
  • 1 lime cut into 4 - 6 wedges

1) Turn the broiler onto High.

2) On a large baking sheet, arrange the zucchini cut side up.  Drizzle the olive oil over them.

3) Top with salt, fresh black pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.

4) Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the zucchini has reached the desired level of char.

5) Remove the zucchinis from the oven and allow to cool.

6) In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, feta, and more salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.  Go easy on the salt, as the mixture will already be salty from the cheese.

7) Stir until everything is incorporated.

8) Scoop the filling out of the bowl with a teaspoon and place in the hollows of the zucchini.

9) Generously sprinkle the chili powder on top of the dish.  Serve immediately, with lime wedges on the side.