Roasted Balsamic Zucchini and Mushroom

Ingredients:
1 lb. Crimini mushrooms (or white mushrooms will also work)
2 lbs. zucchini (either a large zucchini about 12 inches long or 3-4 smaller ones)
2 oz. crumbled Feta (about 2/3 cup crumbled)
1 T chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Marinade Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil (use a good quality oil with a nice flavor)
2 T good quality balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional, but good)
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray or oil. (If you’re going to let the vegetables marinate for a while, you don’t need to do this quite so soon.) Wash the mushrooms with cold water and let drain well while you prep the zucchini and mix the marinade; then cut into bite-sized pieces.

If you’re using a large zucchini, cut in fourths lengthwise and use a sharp spoon to scrape out the seeds and white pithy part, leaving not more than 1/2 inch of white flesh on the skin. Then cut each piece into strips not more than 1/2 inch wide. (For smaller zucchinis, just cut into bite-sized pieces.)

Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried thyme, Spike Seasoning (if using), and black pepper to make the marinade. Put the zucchini and mushrooms into a large bowl (or Ziploc bag) and toss with the marinade. (You can let this marinate on the counter for an hour or two if you have time, but it will still be good even if you can’t take time for that.)

When you’re ready to cook spread the vegetables out in a single layer on a large baking sheet. (Use two baking sheets if the pan looks crowded like mine!) Roast 20 minutes, then stir and spread the vegetables back out. (There will probably be some liquid on the surface of the baking sheet at this point.) Continue to roast until the surface of the baking sheet looks dry and the zucchini and mushrooms are starting to look lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes more. Put vegetables on a baking sheet and crumble Feta over (and parsley if using.) Serve hot.

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