Watch Cooking Channel

Zucchine Sott’Olio

Zucchini Preserved in Oil with Hot Peppers, Garlic, and Mint Zucchini Preserved in Oil with Hot Peppers, Garlic, and Mint

I recently had the pleasure of lunching at the Oakland home of Rosetta Costantino. Rosetta’s been teaching how to cook the foods of her native Calabria for years, and her extensive knowledge of this much overlooked regional cuisine is now lovingly and gorgeously documented in a new book.

I, myself, have some Calabrian heritage. My mother’s family is a mini-melting pot from three regions of Southern Italy. Her mother’s mother’s family immigrated from Benevento, not far from Napoli, and her mother’s father’s family came from a small mountain town in poor, rural Abruzzo, the “calf” of the boot. Her father’s parents, however, both hailed from Reggio di Calabria, the very tippiest toe of the boot, pointing its way to Sicily. It is the Abruzzese branch that we are most closely aligned with, though, and so I remarked to Rosetta that I didn’t know much about about Calabrese food.

Or so I thought. With dish after dish, Rosetta presented flavors that were fresh and yet immediately familiar. In particular I was intrigued by some crostini topped with tangy, zingy zucchini with hot peppers and mint, preserved in oil. The preservation technique utterly changed the texture of the zukes, giving them almost a crunch and squeak as you snapped through the pieces. I was smitten, and I knew I couldn’t wait to make it myself.

Zucchine Sott’Olio

Zucchini Preserved in Oil with Hot Peppers, Garlic, and Mint
Excerpted with permission from My Calabria: Rustic Cooking from Italy’s Undiscovered South by Rosetta Costantino, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc. 2010

5 pounds (2¼ kilograms) large zucchini, preferably 2 to 3 pounds (900 grams to 1.4 kilograms) each
½ cup (70 grams) kosher salt
3 cups (750 milliliters) white wine vinegar
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
5 garlic cloves, sliced crosswise
3 or 4 small fresh hot red peppers, or to taste, sliced crosswise
½ cup (125 milliliters) extra virgin olive oil, plus more for topping

Cut the zucchini crosswise into 3-inch (8-centimeter) pieces. Cut each piece in half lengthwise, then cut out all the seeds and spongy pulp from the center. Slice each section crosswise 3?16 inch (4½ millimeters) thick. (A mandoline or other manual vegetable slicer is helpful for this.)

Make layers of sliced zucchini and salt in a large bowl, then toss well. Macerate for 12 hours to draw the water out of the zucchini. Drain the zucchini, then squeeze a handful at a time to remove excess water.

Place the zucchini in a heavy nonreactive pot and add the vinegar and 1 cup (250 milliliters) water. The liquid should barely cover the zucchini.

Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir to redistribute the zucchini, then reduce the heat to medium and cook until the zucchini slices are cooked through but still whole, about 5 minutes. Do not allow them to break apart. Smaller zucchini will take less time.

Drain the zucchini and put them in a large colander. Top them with a heavy weight, such as a pot filled with water, to squeeze out the liquid. Let the zucchini drain under the weight for 15 minutes.

Lay several clean kitchen towels on a table covered with cardboard. Arrange the zucchini slices on the towels, spreading the slices apart. Let dry at room temperature until they feel a little leathery and are no longer damp, 24 to 48 hours. They will shrivel considerably.

Place the zucchini in a bowl and toss with the mint, garlic, hot peppers, and the ½ cup (125 milliliters) olive oil. Taste for salt and let the mixture marinate at room temperature for a day.

Transfer the zucchini to a 1-pint (½-liter) glass jar. Pack them in tightly, pushing them down with a fork or spoon to remove any air gaps. Top with olive oil so they are completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 weeks before sampling to give the zucchini time to absorb the seasonings.

Bring them out of the refrigerator about an hour before you plan to serve them to allow the oil to liquefy. Return any leftover zucchini to the refrigerator, topping with oil so the zucchini remain completely submerged. If kept submerged in olive oil and refrigerated, the zucchini will last for up to 6 months.

Makes about 1 pint (½ liter)

Sean Timberlake is a professional writer, amateur foodie, avid traveler and all-around bon vivant. He is the founder of Punk Domestics, a content and community site for DIY food enthusiasts, and has penned the blog Hedonia since 2006. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, DPaul Brown, and their hyperactive terrier, Reese.

More from Sean and Punk Domestics:

Fig Jam with Fennel Pollen
Canning Tomatoes: Many (Dirty) Hands Make Light Work

Your favorite zucchini dish?

Tags:

Comments (3955)

  1. Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  2. acto menjelaskan…

    absmiddle sinclair uvres scapmain mcglade avgor phir….

  3. Lipitor class action lawsuit posted 11/20/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  4. cheap credit card processing posted 11/21/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

  5. Great website…

    [...]we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]……

  6. karperhengels posted 11/21/2013

    karperhengels…

    [...]one of our guests not long ago advised the following website[...]…

  7. Pension Tracing Service posted 11/21/2013

    Pension Tracing Service…

    [...]Here is a good Weblog You might Discover Fascinating that we Encourage You[...]…

  8. keith jones posted 11/21/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  9. SEO Company India posted 11/21/2013

    …Take a look for more Information on that topic…

    [...]you make blogging glance[...]…

  10. Christian Business posted 11/21/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While browsing Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  11. Simao Barbosa posted 11/21/2013

    Simao Barbosa…

    Find real estate listings, homes for sale, apartments for rent, and property records, as well as school and neighborhood information….

  12. dave posted 11/22/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  13. Best Hair Salon in Mississauga posted 11/22/2013

    Best Hair Salon in Mississauga…

    [...]check below, are some entirely unrelated sites to ours, nevertheless, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  14. bedspreads and comforters posted 11/22/2013

    …Recommended websites…

    [...]you made running a blog glance[...]…

  15. buy hcg in Los Angeles posted 11/22/2013

    Title…

    [...]Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated data, nonetheless really worth taking a search, whoa did one master about Mid East has got a lot more problerms also [...]…

  16. Royalty free background music posted 11/22/2013

    Title…

    [...]check beneath, are some entirely unrelated internet sites to ours, even so, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  17. Tumblr article…

    I saw someone talking about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  18. Andrea…

    Thank you for your site post. Jones and I have been saving to buy a new book on this matter and your article has made all of us to save all of our money. Your ideas really answered all our problems. In fact, in excess of what we had known before we stu…

  19. texas payday loans posted 11/23/2013

    Adam…

    Some truly superb information, Sword lily I noticed this….

  20. make money online posted 11/23/2013

    make money online…

    [...]Every after inside a when we pick out blogs that we study. Listed beneath would be the most up-to-date websites that we pick out [...]…

  21. Panorama site plan posted 11/23/2013

    Panorama site plan…

    [...]although sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not associated to ours, we really feel they’re essentially worth a go by way of, so have a look[...]…

  22. website posted 11/23/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  23. Payday Loans In Laredo Tx posted 11/23/2013

    Natalie…

    Deference to op, some wonderful selective information….

  24. TrackBack…

    Can you please send me the code for this script or please let know me in detail concerning this script?…

  25. Kamagra posted 11/23/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  26. High Sierra long Trail 90 posted 11/24/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend to our visitors[...]……

  27. Important Site posted 11/24/2013

    Blogs ou should be reading…

    [...]Here is a Great Blog You Might Find Interesting that we Encourage You[...]……

  28. MENS Pea Coat posted 11/24/2013

    Pea coats for men…

    Classic mens pea coats…

  29. Promo code December 2013…

    Despite having three decades of product innovation under their belts, the designers at Burton are still coming up with ideas Promo code December 2013…

  30. Play Online Dora Games posted 11/24/2013

    Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  31. Measles symptoms posted 11/24/2013

    Visitor recommendations…

    [...]one of our visitors recently recommended the following website[...]……

  32. r&b 2013 posted 11/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]that would be the end of this post. Here you’ll find some internet sites that we think you will appreciate, just click the links over[...]…

  33. sizegenetics reviews posted 11/25/2013

    Sizegenetics…

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  34. alevel maths tutor posted 11/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are quite a few absolutely not related sites to ours, nonetheless, they may be certainly worth going over[...]…

  35. Bickford and Company posted 11/25/2013

    Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  36. fashion…

    I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely loved every bit of it. I’ve got you saved as a favorite to look at new things you post……

  37. cure for Herpes posted 11/25/2013

    Looking around…

    While I was browsing yesterday I saw a excellent post about…

  38. free nfl picks posted 11/25/2013

    News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting info…

  39. hcg 1234 diet posted 11/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]Here are several of the internet sites we advise for our visitors[...]…

  40. apparel posted 11/26/2013

    fashion…

    Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to create a top notch article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never seem to get anything done….

  41. Faith posted 11/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we’ve a link to[...]…

  42. click here posted 11/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor several other web sites around the net, even when they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Underneath are some webpages really worth checking out[...]…

  43. skin tag posted 11/26/2013

    Title…

    [...]please stop by the web sites we comply with, including this 1, because it represents our picks in the web[...]…

  44. Download free game android posted 11/26/2013

    Download free game android…

    Direct download android apps and games for free from 03mobile…

  45. TrackBack…

    I got so bored at the moment afternoon, however when I watched this YouTube humorous clip at this weblog I turn into fresh and delighted as well….

  46. nz life insurance posted 11/26/2013

    You should check this out…

    [...] Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a few unrelated data, nevertheless really worth taking a look, whoa did one learn about Mid East has got more problerms as well [...]……

  47. Buy house posted 11/26/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not related to ours, we feel they are actually worth a go through, so have a look[...]……

  48. rs gold posted 11/26/2013

    power leveling sûr et or…

    nous pouvons fournir que le nivellement rapide et sûre puissance, bienvenue pour passer commande sur notre site…

  49. water ionizers posted 11/26/2013

    Online Article……

    [...]The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available [...]……

  50. Bola Mania Aplikasi Android posted 11/26/2013

    Gems form the internet…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed below, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]……

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c