What Do We Do With All This Zucchini?!? – Zucchini Pepperoni

 

Summer is in full swing and gardens are ripe with produce. Like many of you, we have an OVER-abundance of squash and zucchini and I am forever trying to figure out creative ways to use them. I stumbled across this idea several years ago and my family has grown to love my zucchini pepperoni. Let’s face it, squash and zucchini really don’t have a distinct flavor by themself, so being able to doctor them up is super easy. With the right spice combination, I’ve been able to create a pepperoni taste that is sure to wow even the biggest meat lover.

 

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Vegetable Slicer Attachment

For this recipe, I use the Vegetable Slicer Attachment (Slicer Shredder) for my Ankarsrum Original Assistant. Click here to watch a brief video tutorial. This attachment allows me to slice my zucchini into perfectly thin slices. Just a note, the two shredding drums that come with this attachment are awesome as well!

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By trimming the ends off, I was able to feed the entire zucchini into the feeding shoot. Applying gentle pressure with the plunger, the zucchini fed right though and came out the front in perfectly even slices.

I have discovered this fantastic line of dip mixes by “To Market To Market“.  All of their products are free of M.S.G. and most do not contain salt which allows you to control the amount of sodium going into your food. The mix I use for my zucchini pepperoni is “Roasted Red The Pepper Spread”. This blend of dehydrated onion, red pepper, garlic, pepper and paprika gives you the perfect flavor of pepperoni. Of course, if you are unable to get this particular mix, a combination of these spices is recommended.

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This dip mix has large dehydrated pieces of onion and red pepper so I prefer to blend mine using my Ankarsrum Blender Attachment to create a fine powder. This helps the seasoning stick to the zucchini slices.

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L-R: Dip mix in the Ankarsrum Blender – Powdered dip mix.

Lastly, you are welcome to use these zucchini pepperoni raw on your pizza, sandwich or salad but I prefer mine with a bit of a crunch. To achieve this, I dehydrated the slices in my Excalibur 2900ECB 9-Tray Economy Dehydrator, Black on a “living food” temperature setting. This allows me to retain all those good nutrients which are normally lost with heat.

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Use the “living food” temperature setting to retain the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.

Of course this recipe can easily be used with yellow squash as well. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have!

 

Zucchini Pepperoni

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Marinade Time: From 2 hours – 24 hours

Optional Dehydration Time: Up to 24 hours

1 zucchini, thinly sliced

1 tsp. salt

3-4 Tbsp. Roast Red Pepper Spice Mix, blended into a fine powder, or any spice mix of your choice

 

Place thinly sliced zucchini in a bowl, sprinkle salt over the zucchini and toss. Sprinkle spice mix over zucchini and toss. Cover with plastic wrap, place in refrigerator and allow to marinate for 2-3 hours or overnight. Use as a pepperoni substitute on a pizza or sandwich of your choice.

Yield: About 30 slices per Zucchini

By sprinkling with salt, not only does it add flavor but the salt also pulls out the natural moisture from the zucchini. This moisture mixes with the dry seasoning creating the perfect paste for marinading.
By sprinkling with salt, not only does it add flavor but the salt also pulls out the natural moisture from the zucchini. This moisture mixes with the dry seasoning creating the perfect paste for marinating.

*For crispy zucchini pepperoni: Once the zucchini has been allowed to marinate, place slices in a dehydrator with the temperature set to “raw food”. Dehydrate for 6 hours or until zucchini slices are dry and crispy. Drying time will vary due to moisture in the air. Once dry, store in an airtight container until ready to use. These are also a great substitute for veggie chips!

Raw zucchini laid out on the dehydrator trays.
Raw zucchini laid out on the dehydrator trays.
Crispy dehydrated zucchini pepperoni.
Crispy dehydrated zucchini pepperoni.
Pizza with zucchini pepperoni
Pizza with zucchini pepperoni

 

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Ashley McCord

Ashley has personally used the Ankarsrum for over 20 years, receiving her very own as a wedding gift in 1999. Continuing in the foot steps of her mother and grandmother, she enjoys cooking and baking for her busy family. She has a passion for whole grains, clean eating, and enjoys making everything from scratch. In 2012, Ashley became the Product Manager for the Ankarsrum Original Assistent here in the USA.