Gourmet Garlic Zucchini Steaks with Cheese

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Gourmet Garlic Zucchini Steaks with Cheese
Ingredients:
2 medium zucchini
Kosher salt
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 oz. mozzarella, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
1 oz. Parmesan, finely shredded (about 1/2 cup)
2 Tbsp. fresh basil, torn


Directions:
1. Prepare the Zucchini:
Using a sharp knife, slice each zucchini in half lengthwise, yielding 4 “steaks.”
Score the flesh side of each steak 1/4″ deep diagonally at 1/2″ intervals.
Rotate the steaks 90° and score diagonally again to create a crosshatch pattern.
Season the steaks on the scored sides with 1 teaspoon of salt.
Let sit to allow the zucchini to release moisture, about 15 minutes.
2. Preheat and Cook Garlic Oil:
Place a rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 425°F.
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the garlic, red pepper flakes, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
Scrape the garlic oil into a small bowl.
3. Sear the Zucchini:
In the same skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Pat the zucchini dry.
Arrange 2 halves flesh side down in the skillet and cook until golden brown on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer to a baking sheet flesh side up.
Repeat with the remaining zucchini and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
4. Bake and Broil:
Brush the steaks with the garlic oil.
Bake the zucchini until tender in the center, 8 to 10 minutes.
Top with mozzarella and Parmesan.
Heat the broiler on high.
Broil, watching closely, until the cheese is melted and browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
5. Serve:
Transfer the zucchini to a platter.
Top with fresh basil and more red pepper flakes.
Nutrition:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 250 kcal per serving
Servings: 4 servings
Enjoy your Gourmet Garlic Zucchini Steaks with Cheese!

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