Zucchini Sott'olio (Italian Preserved Zucchini)
Giada De Laurentiis
- 1 1/4 pounds zucchini (sliced into 1/3-inch-thick rounds (about 3 zucchini))
- 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 10 fresh basil leaves
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 2 bird's eye chili peppers or other fresh spicy chili pepper (sliced into thin rings)
- 2 cloves garlic (smashed and peeled)
- 2 to 3 cups extra-virgin olive oil
- Flaky sea salt
- This recipe originated on Giada in Italy. Episode: Inspired by Capri.
- Place the sliced zucchini in a colander over a bowl and toss well with the salt. Allow the zucchini to sit for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the 1 1/2 cups of vinegar and the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the salted zucchini to the pot and return the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium to maintain a simmer and cook until the zucchini is cooked through but still has a little texture, 4 to 5 minutes. Strain the zucchini and place in a large bowl. Add the basil, mint, sliced chili, garlic and remaining 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Toss well. Add enough olive oil to cover the zucchini and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Pack the zucchini in jars or a storage container with a tight fitting lid making sure the zucchini remains covered with the oil. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Serve at room temperature sprinkled with a pinch of flaky sea salt.