Thursday, September 19, 2019

Cliff Graber's "Gadzooks!"

After a long hiatus to get through lots of changes at the Graber Olive House, I’m back with more recipes. We are gearing up to celebrate our 125th anniversary at the Olive House and to kick off things, we’ll be celebrating Cliff’s 82nd birthday this Sunday! – I am calling these “Cliff Graber’s Gadzooks!” because this is what he always asks me to make for Father’s Day dinners or his birthday dinners. They are actually my creation, but he loves them so much, he’s getting the credit for me posting this recipe.

Cliff Graber’s Gadzooks!


5 to 6 large, firm zucchini
1 package Italian sausage
(I use the “Lean, Sweet Jennie-O Turkey Italian Sausage” as it is lower in fat content and Cliff rarely eats beef or pork)
2 Teaspoons Minced Garlic
2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
3-4 Tablespoons Graber Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3-4 Tablespoons Freshly Grated Mix of Parmesan, Romano and Asiago Cheeses
(If I don't have time, I rely on a shredded, 3 Cheese Parmesan, Romano and Asiago cheese mix)


In large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of Graber Extra Virgin Olive Oil and lay the sausages in the skillet to brown. Turn as needed, on a medium heat. While the sausages are cooking, clean, prep and cut the ends off of the zucchini. Chop the zucchini into round disks approximately 1/2 to 1 inch wide.

When the sausage is almost fully cooked, remove it from the pan and place on a cutting board. Replace it with the sliced zucchini. Stirring often, cook the zucchini on a medium heat. Toss in the minced garlic, Italian seasonings and add more olive oil to the pan, if needed. 

Slice the sausage into 1- 2 inch size disks, mixing them back into the pan, along with the zucchini as it cooks. When the zucchini and sausage are done cooking in the pan – sausage should be fully cooked and browned, zucchini should be tender and browned– remove grove the stove and dish up into bowls. 

Top with shedded Italian cheeses, extra Italian seasonings and serve with a side of Italian bread and olive oil or your favorite Italian pasta dish.