Papa’s Zucchini

Papa’s Zucchini

During the summer I’d visit my grandparents, all by myself, we called it Grandma Camp. Most of the time my grandma would be the one entertaining and taking care of me, but when it came time for dinner my Papa took over. He always made dinner, there were several classics that we had time and time again, beef stroganoff, braised short ribs and baked spaghetti. The dish that always make me think of my Papa is his zucchini side dish, I can still remember picking zucchini from the garden and them still being warm from the hot Californian sun.

Zucchini or summer squash gets sautéed with red onions, oregano and a little wine, red or white will do. The onions are caramelize before adding the zucchini, they give sweetness and depth of flavor while the oregano adds a little earthiness and you can’t say no to a little splash of wine.


Papa’s Zucchini


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 6 medium zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 1 tbsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • ½ c red or white wine


  1. In a large pan sauté the red onions in the olive oil with the salt for 5 minutes or until they are soft.
  2. Add the zucchini slices, oregano and pepper, stir everything together and cook for about 10 minutes until the zucchini has gained some color.
  3. Deglaze the pan with the wine and cook until all of the liquid has evaporated. Adjust with more salt if needed.

1 thought on “Papa’s Zucchini”

  • I love this, one of my favorites, your Papa has great taste buds !!!! As an option you can add in yellow crookneck squash.

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