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Monday, September 1, 2014

What's Cookin' in the Country?

It seems that zucchini reproduces like Goldfish in an aquarium. Most gardeners end up with truckloads of this plentiful veggie.  Last week we were given some HUGE zucchini from a dear church member, and with company here for dinner, I knew what the vegetable was going to be!  Running to my resource for great recipes (Pinterest), I found a recipe for Tomato Zucchini Casserole.  Mover over fried zucchini!  You have been replaced!!!!

Tomato Zucchini Casserole
With layers of zucchini, tomatoes, and Vidalia onions, this dish is full of flavor!  It's topped with cheeses and French's Onion Rings (my change in the original recipe) and baked in the oven.  Yum!

1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese (or Mozzerella)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste
2 medium zucchinis, thinly sliced
5 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 Vidalia  onion, sliced
1 Cup French's Fried Onions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly butter a 9x9-inch pan.
In a large bowl, combine Cheddar, Parmesan, oregano, basil, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

Arrange half of the zucchini slices in the pan. Sprinkle 1/4 of the cheese and herb mixture on top. Arrange half of the tomatoes and half of the Vidalia onions, and top with another 1/4 of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers.

Sprinkle Fried onions on top of casserole.

Cover loosely with foil, and bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake until the top is crusty and the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes.

In order to maximize my grill and not heat up the oven, too, this summer I've started using the microwave to cook the baked potatoes, the chicken or even this casserole until it's only half way done. Then I take them out to the grill where I let them cook the rest of the way. Now they can get the flavor of the grill and it gives the food that nice toasty texture without having to cook it for an hour.  Aaaand, my kitchen doesn't get heated up on a hot day!  I'm not sure why I never thought of this before now!

Grilled pork chops, baked potatoes and Tomato Zucchini Casserole
Maximize your grill on these hot days!

Happy Labor Day!

With love from my country kitchen,


Anonymous said...

Don't you think you are being a little prideful?

Denise said...