Baked Zucchini with Mozzarella Cheese AKA “The New Garlic Cheese Bread”

Baked Zucchini AKA Cheese Bread - MinnesotaFromScratch.wordpress.com

My daughter is a very good eater, especially for being so young. She is excited to try new things and likes foods from all over the world. But one thing she “thinks” she doesn’t like is zucchini. However, when I bake up this “zucchini cheesy bread”, she is suddenly a fan.  I think all she hears is “cheesy bread”.

I started baking zucchini like this last summer over at my grandparents house. They almost always had some fresh zucchini ready to pick each time I visited. It is a great side dish for meals and is a great alternative to garlic bread with an Italian meal. This is a side the entire family will enjoy!

Ingredients (all organic):

  • Zucchini – figure one half per person
  • Olive oil or avocado oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

How to make zucchini "Cheese bread" - MinnesotaFromScratch.wordpress.com

Clean the zucchini, cut off the ends and slice it lengthwise down the middle.

Zucchini "Cheese bread" -- MinnesotaFromScratch.wordpress.com

Lightly drizzle olive oil over the  zucchini and sprinkle with garlic powder (I’m pretty generous with the powder).  Then sprinkle some sea salt and pepper (optional). Then top with cheese. I used mozzarella when I made it this time,  but in the past I have used fresh grated Parmesan cheese and even Monterey Jack cheese. It always tastes great, no matter what cheese I’ve topped it with.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for quick clean up! Bake it at 375°F for 10-12 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and the cheese starts to brown.

Zucchini "Cheese bread" --- MinnesotaFromScratch.wordpress.com

It’s that easy! Give it a try and let me know how you like it.

Take care, Stephanie

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mary
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:11:31

    Can’t wait to try this!

    Reply

  2. Allison
    May 01, 2013 @ 12:49:25

    So so good,

    Reply

  3. alisonlumbatis
    May 03, 2013 @ 08:37:34

    Oh YUM. We love garlic bread but this looks even better.

    Reply

  4. lisa
    May 07, 2013 @ 16:41:34

    That sounds really good. I cant eat bread but love garlic toast. I’m going to try it.

    Reply

  5. Lorayne Gothard
    May 08, 2013 @ 15:04:14

    This is so easy and something I have never thought of doing. We will try it!!! Thank you

    Reply

  6. courtney hennagir
    May 12, 2013 @ 00:38:59

    i am so happy i found this recipe! i have a bunch of zucchini in the fridge and had no idea what to do with it. i sure do now! thank you for this awesome recipe!

    Reply

  7. Jenn McCullar
    May 28, 2013 @ 07:45:17

    Looks so yummy, love veggies.

    Reply

  8. Liz
    May 28, 2013 @ 07:47:24

    Sounds interesting! and yummy.

    Reply

  9. Alisha Kostiuk
    May 28, 2013 @ 08:06:49

    We do this too and it is so yummy!

    Reply

  10. rsrote
    May 28, 2013 @ 08:45:54

    so going to make this on our next spaghetti night!!!

    Reply

  11. Nicole (@onepunkymama)
    May 28, 2013 @ 13:22:59

    That looks amazing. I LOVE zucchini! This is a great way to get kids to eat it if they’re not big fans. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

  12. Suzi Satterfield
    May 28, 2013 @ 15:21:34

    Oh my goodness, this looks DELICIOUS! And easy.

    Reply

  13. Jen
    May 23, 2014 @ 16:24:29

    I’m trying this! I’m so excited, I’m carb free right now but I LOVE garlic cheese bread so this is perfect! 🙂 I used parm cheese and mozza but I also used minced garlic instead of powdered because we LOVE garlic in this house 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

    Reply

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