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the most delicious vegetable side EVER!


Home Cooking

the most delicious vegetable side EVER!

raygunclan | | Jun 17, 2009 08:07 PM

so, i am a tivo fanatic! my favorite thing to do is to sit in bed with my 3 daughters and watch america's test kitchen marathons. well, this morning we were watching and they prepared their "summer vegetable gratin". it is a layering of salted zucchini and yellow squash, salted tomatoes, carmelized onions and a bread crumb topping. but of course they put their spin on it herbing and spicing every layer up. WOW was it ever fantastic! even my girls and my hubby (who HATES squash) loved it. i found him noshing on the leftovers a couple of minutes ago instead of grabbing a bowl of homemade strawberry ice cream and that would certainly have to be the highest accolades.

i doubled the garlic. i also added garlic and the basil to the bread crumb mixture.


* • 6 tablespoons Olive Oil
* • 3 cups Zucchini Raw
* • 3 cups Yellow Squash (summer)
* • 2 teaspoons salt, table
* • 4 servings Whole Tomato Medium Sized
* • 3 cups Onions, Sliced
* • 3/4 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
* • 2 servings Garlic Clove
* • 1 tablespoons Thyme, Fresh
* • 1 servings Sandwich Bread
* • 1 cups parmesan cheese, grated
* • 1/4 cups Shallots
* • 1/4 cups Basil Leaves


Serves 4 as a main dish, or 6 - 8 as a side.

1. Trim ends of zucchini and slice in 1/4 inch slices crosswise. Trim ends of summer squash and slice in 1/4 inch slices crosswise. Slice Tomatoes in 1/4 inch slices. Halve onions lengthwise and slice thinly from pole to pole. Mince the thyme. Mince the shallots. Chop the basil.

2. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees. Brush 13- by 9-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon oil; set aside.

3. Toss zucchini and summer squash slices with 1 teaspoon salt in large bowl; transfer to colander set over bowl. Let stand until zucchini and squash release at least 3 tablespoons of liquid, about 45 minutes. Arrange slices on triple layer paper towels; cover with another triple layer paper towels. Firmly press each slice to remove as much liquid as possible.

4. Place tomato slices in a single layer on double layer paper towels and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon of salt; let stand 30 minutes. Place second double layer paper towels on top of tomatoes and press firmly to dry tomatoes.

5. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened and dark golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Set onions aside.

6. Combine garlic, 3 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and thyme in small bowl. In large bowl toss zucchini and summer squash in half of oil mixture, then arrange in oiled baking dish. Arrange caramelized onions in even layer over squash. Slightly overlap tomato slices in single layer on top of onions. Spoon remaining garlic-oil mixture evenly over tomatoes. Bake until vegetable are tender and tomatoes are starting to brown on edges, 40 - 45 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, process bread in food processor until finely ground, about 10 seconds. (You should have about 1 cup crumbs.) Combine bread crumbs, remaining tablespoon oil, Parmesan, and shallots in medium bowl. Remove baking dish from oven and increase heat to 450 degrees. Sprinkle bread-crumb mixture evenly on top of tomatoes. Bake gratin until bubbling and cheese is lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle with basil and let sit at room temperature 10 minutes before serving.

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