Mama Mulate is a character in my French Quarter murder mystery Big Easy. When she’s not mixing voodoo potions, or teaching English at Tulane University, she’s likely in her kitchen, whipping up a meal fit for a Mardi Gras king. She has a garden behind her house near the river in New Orleans, where she grows her own herbs and vegetables. Check out her recipe for Creole zucchini.
• 2 zucchini squashes, ¼ inch slices
• 1 onion, chopped
• 2 cloves garlic
• 3 tomatoes, chopped
• 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
• 3 Tbsp butter
• 2 Tbsps flour
• 1 Tbsp brown sugar
• ¼ tsp oregano
• ¼ tsp basil
• 1 bay leaf
• ¼ tsp salt
• ½ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
• ½ cup bread crumbs
Cook zucchini (about 5 minutes) until tender, but firm. Drain and arrange in greased 2 quart casserole dish. Melt butter over medium heat in medium saucepan, and add flour. Stir until smooth and bubbly.
Add tomatoes, onion, and cloves of garlic, green bell pepper, brown sugar, salt, bay leaf, oregano and basil. Cook for 5 or 6 minutes. Remove bay leaf and cloves of garlic. Pour mixture over zucchini. Top with bread crumbs and cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes.