Making Zucchini with a Tomato, Onion, and Bacon Sauce — Photos

Back in the mid 1990’s, my church published a cookbook with recipes from the membership. I began making a zucchini with bacon and onion sauce dish submitted by a fellow parishioner in the mid- to late-2000’s, and, besides finding it tasty, I was pleasantly surprised both at how easy it was to make, and, even more surprisingly, how it immediately came across as a restaurant-quality dish. In fact, shortly after, I happened to be at a restaurant, and ordered a similar dish as an appetizer!

Note that the amounts of some of the ingredients shown below are sometimes greater than listed in the recipe, in order to have some of the sauce leftover.

First, bacon was taken out (in this case, half slices):

Bacon taken out

The bacon was sliced crosswise / diced:

Bacon sliced crosswise / diced

The bacon was then placed in a cast iron skillet:

Bacon placed in a cast iron skillet

Onions were taken out:

Onions taken out

The onions were cleaned and trimmed:

Onions cleaned and trimmed

The onions were quartered:

Onions quartered

The onions were then chopped coarsely:

Onions chopped coarsely

The onions were then placed in the cast iron skillet with the bacon:

Onions placed in cast iron skillet with the bacon

The stove was turned on to a low to medium heat:

Stove turned on to low to medium heat

A pot was filled with water:

Pot filled with water

Salt was measured out:

Salt measured out

The salt was added to the pot of water:

Salt added to the pot of water

The stove under the pot was turned on high to boil the water in the pot:

Stove under the pot of water turned on

The water was brought to a boil, and put aside.

Tomatoes were taken out:

Tomatoes taken out

The tomatoes were cleaned and trimmed:

Tomatoes cleaned and trimmed

The tomatoes were quartered …

Tomatoes quartered

… the tomatoes were further chopped:

Tomatoes further chopped

… and the chopped tomatoes were placed in a mixing bowl:

Tomatoes placed in a mixing bowl

Sugar was measured out:

Sugar measured out

The sugar was added to the mixing bowl with the tomatoes:

Sugar added to tomatoes

More salt was measured out:

Salt measured out

The salt was added to the bowl with the tomatoes and the sugar:

Salt added to tomatoes and sugar

Water was measured out:

Water measured out

The water was added to the bowl with the tomatoes, sugar, and salt:

Water added to the bowl with the tomatoes, sugar, and salt

… and the bowl with the tomatoes, sugar, salt, and water was put aside.

Three zucchinis (in this case, grey zucchinis) were taken out:

Zucchinis taken out

The zucchinis were cleaned and trimmed:

Zucchinis cleaned and trimmed

The zucchinis were cut in half along their length:

Zucchinis cut in half along their lengths

… and the zucchinis were put aside.

Soon, the bacon and onions were beginning to be cooked and caramelized:

Cooked bacon and caramelized onions

… and the tomato mix was added to the bacon and onions in the cast iron skillet:

Tomato mix added to the cast iron skillet
Tomato mix added to the cast iron skillet

… and the ingredients in the cast iron skillet were mixed together:

Ingredients mixed together in the cast iron skillet

The ingredients were brought to a simmer:

Ingredients brought to a simmer

The ingredients were reduced, during which the tomatoes also disintegrated into the sauce

Sauce reduced

At this point, the salted water was brought back to a boil:

Salted water brought back to a boil

… and the zucchini halves were added to the boiling water …

Zucchini halves added to the boiling water

… and the zucchini halves were boiled for ten minutes (obviously, the photo was taken about eight seconds after the timer was set):

Timer set to 10 minutes
Zucchini being boiled for ten minutes

At this point, the sauce had sufficiently reduced to my liking, and was ready for serving:

Sauce ready for serving

The zucchini were served onto two plates:

Boiled zucchini served on a plate, with sliced baguette bread

And finally, sauce was spooned onto the zucchini:

Sauce spooned onto the zucchini

Supper was yummy, with a nice, tangey sauce!

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