From EatingWell: July/August 2013
This delicious zucchini gratin recipe has a delectable crispy Parmesan and breadcrumb topping and is made without any butter or cream, allowing the fresh zucchini flavor to shine. Slice the zucchini uniformly to ensure even cooking.
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 3 medium zucchini, thinly sliced (1/8 inch)
- 1/2 cup coarse dry breadcrumbs (see Tip), preferably whole-wheat
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Position rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 450°F. Coat a 7-by-11-inch baking dish (or similar size 2- to 2 1/2-quart dish) with cooking spray.
- Combine garlic, 1 tablespoon oil, marjoram (or thyme), salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add zucchini; toss until evenly coated. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.
- Roast the zucchini until softened and starting to wilt in spots, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, combine breadcrumbs, Parmesan and the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the bowl. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the zucchini and continue to bake until the topping is crisp, about 15 minutes more.
Tips & Notes
- To make your own fresh breadcrumbs, trim crusts from whole-wheat bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. To make fine breadcrumbs, process until very fine. To make dry breadcrumbs, spread coarse or fine breadcrumbs on a baking sheet and bake at 250°F until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. One slice of bread makes about 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs or about 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs. For store-bought coarse dry breadcrumbs we like Ian’s brand, labeled “Panko breadcrumbs.” Find them at well-stocked supermarkets.
Per serving: 201 calories; 14 g fat (3 g sat, 9 g mono); 9 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 7 g protein; 2 g fiber; 322 mg sodium; 406 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value).
Carbohydrate Servings: 1
Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 lean meat, 2 fat
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- Ease of Preparation
- Type of Dish
- Side dish, vegetable
- Total Time
- 45 minutes or less
- Main Ingredient
- Vegetarian, other
- Preparation/ Technique
- July/August 2013