I got the inspiration for this dish by a recent post from Heidi from 101 Cookbooks. When I read her recipe I realized I had most the necessary ingredients waiting for me in my kitchen. And what I didn’t have, I would substitute and improvise…
I had received a couple of great zucchinis from my CSA box that I was wondering how to cook… Heidi and her recipe came to the rescue. Thanks a lot.
POTATO ZUCHINNI GRATIN
3 medium russet potatoes, washed well and peeled 1 medium sized zucchini ¼ teaspoon of sea salt About 1 ½ tbs of basil/parsley oil About ¼ cup of grated parmesan cheese About ¼ cup of freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese Canola Oil Spray About 2 tbs of fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs Some additional sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Spray a medium-sized pyrex dish with canola oil spray and sprinkle with about 1 tbs of breadcrumbs. Shake the pyrex so the breadcrumbs coat the dish as much as possible… just as if you were flouring a pan to bake a cake… Set aside.
- Using a mandoline, slice as thinly as possible the zucchini. Place in a colander and sprinkle about ¼ teaspoon of sea salt and let them drain some if its moisture out.
- Using the same mandoline, slice as thinly as possible the potatoes.
- Place in a bowl and add the basil/parsley oil, the grated parmesan cheese, the Pecorino Romano, some salt and pepper.
- After about 5 minutes after salting the zucchini, squeeze them to release as much moisture as possible. Using a paper towel pat them dry. And add them to the bowl with the potatoes. Toss well to combine potatoes, zucchini and seasonings.
- Place the seasoned veggies into the breaded pyrex dish. Place them with your hands trying to create layers after layers of potato and zucchini. It does not need to be perfect, but try to lay them all flat.
- Sprinkle some added breadcrumbs over the top and add a bit more parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheese to create a nice crust on top.
- Because I do this in a toaster oven, I never preheat… but place it in a 400F oven for about 30-45 minutes – the perfect amount of time to allow you to take a shower and meditate.
I had this with some goat cheese toasts on the side… The potatoes cook well and the zucchini tastes perfect in it. It was super good.
Thanks again to Heidi at 101 Cookbooks… this will definitely be a go-to recipe from now on…