Sunday, April 20, 2014

Recipe: Grilled Zucchini + Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Happy Easter everyone!

We had a great morning hunting for Easter eggs as well as eating chocolate eggs and hard boiled eggs, and we're looking forward to lamb chops for dinner :) 

For today's post, I want to share the recipes for the side dishes that I served with my slow-roasted leg of lamb - grilled zucchini and cheesy mashed potatoes.

Zucchini or courgette is one of my favorite vegetables, and we buy this every week, be it for a pasta dish or as a side dish. This time, I decided to slice it to about 1cm thickness and then grill it for 3 minutes each side. Make sure the grill pan is really hot, so that you get these lovely grill marks on the zucchini. Really simple and delicious!

I made too much mashed potatoes for dinner the previous night, so the leftovers were placed in ramekins and topped with mozzarella and cheddar cheese and baked until the crust is a lovely golden brown. Rich, fluffy cheesy mashed potatoes. :) 

My Easter Helpers :D

Grilled Zucchini
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 6 minutes (per batch)
Serves 4

2 zucchini, halved then cut into 1cm slices
3 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp dried parsley

1. Place crushed garlic cloves, olive oil and parsley in a bowl and set aside for 5-10 minutes to infuse. Add zucchini and toss to coat and season with salt.

2. Place the zucchini in a very hot grill pan and grill for 3 minutes each side. Remove and serve immediately.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time:  45 minutes
Serves 4

4 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
3-4 tbsp of butter
1 tbsp milk
Freshly ground salt and pepper
3-4 tbsp mozarella and cheddar cheese

1. In a pot of salted water, boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Drain and mash (using a potato press) with some butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Place mashed potatoes in ramekin, filling about 85% full (you should need 2), and bake in a preheated oven (210°C) for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden.

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  1. I like the cute little bunny and cute little lady bird in the photographs! Happy kids!

  2. Happy Easter! What a great tradition with the eggs hunt and lamb dinner!

  3. Ya, I love my mashed real cheesy. Nice!

  4. mmm zucchini with garlic. Happy easter

  5. the kids look great in their masks and costumes! hope the whole family had a very pleasant easter :)

  6. That zucchini looks awesome! I like the simplicity of the dish!

  7. The Easter helpers are so cute! :)
    Haven't had cheesy mashed potatoes for long time, miss that......

  8. We had such a fun Easter Sunday yesterday watching the kids find the Easter eggs. I hope your two bunnies found plenty too! :D

  9. Your two side dishes for Easter looks great!


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