Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread – Great with Fresh or Frozen Zucchini

Cheesy garlic zucchini bread is a savory quick bread made with zucchini or summer squash teamed up with cheddar cheese and garlic.

Cheesy garlic zucchini bread is a recipe I often make when summer squash are abundant, but it also works just fine with frozen shredded squash. It’s a quick bread recipe, not a yeast bread, so it goes together in a flash. The texture is nice and moist, and the garlic gives it real “pop”. This recipe is adapted from the Zucchini Cheese Square recipe in The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook. You can use whatever size zucchini you have available. I remove the seeds from overgrown zucchini and sometimes peel them, but I don’t peel or remove seeds from the younger ones.

Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread Recipe

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 cups grated zucchini or summer squash
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, or whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cups grated cheddar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 3 eggs, preferably at room temp

Combine the zucchini and salt in a colander and toss to mix. Set aside to drain for 30 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 7×11 inch baking dish with butter or lard. (I use a 9×9 inch pyrex dish and reduce the heat to 330.)

Stir together the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add the onion, zucchini, cheese, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well with a fork, breaking up any clumps of zucchini. Whisk together eggs and butter in a small bowl. Pour into the zucchini mixture and mix well. Spread evenly in the baking dish.

Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden. You want the whole top golden and the entire pan cooked through, so don’t be afraid to give it some extra time if needed. The batter is very thick and moist.

Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftovers (if there are any) in the refrigerator.

Note: I’ve experimented with using gluten free flour (Namaste Gluten Free Flour Blend), and while the flavor is good, the bread tends to take much longer to bake and be heavier.

Cheesy garlic zucchini bread is a savory quick bread made with zucchini or summer squash teamed up with cheddar cheese and garlic.

Cheesy Garlic Zucchini Bread 2015-09-13 17:43:13 A savory quick bread recipe with garlic, onions and zucchini.

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2776 calories
183 g
1039 g
184 g
103 g
111 g
1165 g
6400 g
16 g
4 g
61 g

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size
1165g
Amount Per Serving

Calories 2776
Calories from Fat 1623

% Daily Value *

Total Fat 184g
284%

Saturated Fat 111g
557%

Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 10g
Monounsaturated Fat 51g

Cholesterol 1039mg
346%

Sodium 6400mg
267%

Total Carbohydrates 183g
61%

Dietary Fiber 12g
48%

Sugars 16g
Protein 103g

Vitamin A132%Vitamin C115%
Calcium252%Iron91%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Ingredients

  1. 3 cups grated zucchini or summer squash (You may prefer to peel and seed overgrown zucchini, but it’s not absolutely necessary. I don’t peel younger ones.)
  2. 2 teaspoons salt
  3. 1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour, or whole wheat flour (a gf flour blend would probably work, too)
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1 medium onion, diced
  6. 2 cups grated cheddar
  7. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  8. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  9. ½ cup butter, melted
  10. 3 large chicken eggs, beaten or 2 duck eggs, beaten – preferably at room temp

Instructions

  1. Combine the zucchini and salt in a colander and toss to mix. Set aside to drain for 30 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 7×11 inch baking dish with butter or lard. (I use a 9×9 inch pyrex dish and reduce the heat to 330.)
  3. Stir together the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add the onion, zucchini, cheese, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well with a fork, breaking up any clumps of zucchini. Whisk together eggs and butter in a small bowl. Pour into the zucchini mixture and mix well. Spread evenly in the baking dish.
  4. Bake for about 35 minutes, until golden. You want the whole top golden and the entire pan cooked through, so don’t be afraid to give it some extra time if needed. The batter is very thick and moist.
  5. Let cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature. Store leftovers (if there are any) in the refrigerator.

Adapted from The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook
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Adapted from The Garden Fresh Vegetable Cookbook
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And that’s it – yet another way to use up some summer squash. This goes well as a side dish with grilled food and cold salad.

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