Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Zucchini Desperados

Zucchini Desperados

The Wikipedia meaning of "Desperado" is "a reckless or desperate person."  Every neighborhood has a "Zucchini Desperado" - somebody who leaves zucchini on your front step in the middle of the night with no note or explanation. Someone who tries to disguise zucchini in every dish imaginable.......well - I am the "Zucchini Desperado" in my area ;-)

Actually, my husband named this recipe "Zucchini Desperados" because I am desperate to use zucchini in every meal - we have an overabundance of zucchini.

3 tortilla shells
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
pepper, dill, or basil - to taste

Cut the tortilla shells into quarters (see picture above)(this makes a total of 12 quarters).  Place each quarter in a muffin tin.  Combine the melted butter, olive oil & herbs and then brush a thin layer on the inside of each shell that has already been placed in the muffin tin.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes.  Allow to cool before filling.

1 package cream cheese (room temperature)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon hot red chili pepper (ground) (I use Indian chili pepper)
1 small onion (peeled and finely chopped)
1 carrot (peeled & shredded)

Prepare the ingredients as listed above.  With an electric mixer - combine all ingredients until blended.

1 tender zucchini (washed & cut into 1/4 inch thick rounds)
Cut the zucchini. Now the "Desperados" are ready to be filled. First spread some of the filling (about 2 tablespoons worth) and then top with a slice of zucchini.

Serve immediately & ENJOY!!
(refrigerate any remaining "Desperados")


  1. I also love zuccini and most veges as I have this idea they will heal the many itises I have. This recipe looks interesting and unique but can't help feeling a food photographer would have put something red in each little parcel

  2. Yummmm! This looks so good... and creative! I love anything with cream cheese in it. :)

  3. Those look yummy! I love zucchini, and I too put it in just about anything, lol!

    Blogging Buddies Team

  4. I will have to give this a try, looks easy enough, not to mention delicious!

  5. Looks like a great party food idea! Bookmarked for later :)

  6. Looks and sounds great. Will give it a try but I will probably dice the zucchini in tiny chunks or even grate and add to cream cheese mix. Deborah


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