Monday, March 2, 2009

Grilled Zucchini with Lemon-Garlic Butter Baste

8 medium zucchini (about 2½ pounds), trimmed, halved lengthwise
½ cup (1 stick) butter
1 tablespoon frozen unsweetened lemon juice concentrate or 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon curry powder
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Preheat barbecue (medium heat). Score cut side of zucchini halves diagonally about ¼ inch deep at 1-inch intervals.

Melt butter with lemon juice concentrate, lemon-pepper seasoning, garlic powder, oregano, and curry powder in heavy small saucepan. Season with salt and pepper. Brush seasoned butter on cut side of zucchini.

Place zucchini on grill and cook until charred on all sides and just beginning to soften, about 12 minutes. If desired, arrange zucchini on grill, cut side up, and sprinkle with cheese; close lid of barbecue and cook until cheese just softens, about 1 minute. Transfer zucchini to platter.

Yields: 4 Servings

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