Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

Zucchini Spears with Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon

This side dish is best made with tender small zucchini early in the season, not the behemoths of late summer. Don't stint on the high heat used to brown them; it helps create a pan sauce that is almost meaty (and good for sopping up with bread). Cut the zucchini just before you start cooking; otherwise, it starts to curl, and the spears should be flat so they will brown evenly.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 large cloves garlic, smashed and skinned

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

3 small zucchini (about 6 ounces each), quartered lengthwise

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Put the oil, garlic and rosemary in a high-sided medium skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is deep golden brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer the garlic and rosemary to a serving platter; set aside.
  2. Raise the heat to medium-high. Sprinkle the zucchini with salt and pepper. When the oil is very hot but not quite smoking, add the zucchini, cut side down. (Be careful: The cut zucchini starts to release water as soon as you salt it, so it might spit a bit in the skillet.) Cook, undisturbed, until the bottom side is deep golden brown, about 2 minutes. Carefully turn to the other cut side and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Now turn the zucchini onto the skin sides, turn off the heat, cover and let sit until very tender (the tip of a paring knife inserted into the zucchini should meet no resistance), 2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the lemon juice and most of the zest over the zucchini, return the garlic and rosemary to the skillet and use a rubber spatula or tongs to gently turn the zucchini a few times to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the zucchini to the platter and pour the pan juices on top. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

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