Mangia Monday!

"The first zucchini I ever saw I killed it with a hoe."
-John Gould

Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Mine was busy, but it was beautiful outside, so no complaints!

The recipe I have for you today is easy to make and if you are anything like me, you have PLENTY of zucchini to go around all summer long! This is great for a large party or simple get together - everyone is sure to enjoy!

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie."
-Jim Davis

Zucchini & Mozzarella Bites


* 2 small zucchini, sliced in 1/3-inch rounds
* 3 1/2 oz mozzarella cheese ball, cubed into 3/4-inch sections
* 1/4 cup olive tapenade (available in jars from your grocery store)
* 1/4 cup basil pesto (available in jars from your grocery store)
* 1/4 cup roasted tomatoes, diced
* 3 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted


1.) Blanch zucchini slices for 45 seconds in large pot of boiling salted water.
2.) Drain and transfer to bowl of ice water.
3.) Drain again, lay on paper towels and pat dry.
4.) Place zucchini slices on serving platter and top each zucchini with a piece of mozzarella cheese.
5.) Top cheese with small dollop of tapenade, pesto or roasted tomato.
6.) Garnish with 3-4 pine nuts.


You can microwave the zucchini slices instead of blanching. Cover a single layer of zucchini with plastic wrap and microwave for 45 seconds, then transfer to bowl of ice water and proceed with recipe.

Silly Joke of the Day:

What is a zucchini’s favorite game?

Have a great day and remember: Go Ahead & Indulge!


Anna Liesemeyer said...

Nocole, these look amazing!
Going to bookmark this for the next time I need an appetizer.

Anonymous said...

yummy recipe!!!! and funny joke and quotes!