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Friday, August 23, 2013

BAKED ZUCCHINI AU GRATIN (Zucchine Gratinati al Forno)

Zucchini au gratin is a classic and tasty side dish to serve to everyone. This vegetarian recipe will always make a great impression! It's a simple recipe to prepare, it takes only a few minutes, and the zucchini are cooked in the oven forming an irresistible crunchy crust from the breadcrumbs and cheese.


2 medium or 3 small zucchini
2 potatoes
1 large onion, sliced
2 clove of garlic, chopped
1 pepper
2 large fresh tomatoes (if available) or a small can
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/4 cup of fresh basil (chopped)
1 slice old-day bread from a large loaf or several small ones, grated
1/2 cup Parmisan cheese or Gran Padana
1 teaspoon of salt and pepper


Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Slice zucchini and potatoes.
Slice onion and pepper
Chop garlic, celery, parsley and basil
Blanch the tomatoes and chop
In a blender, grate the fresh breadcrumbs together with some parsley and mix with cheese

In a baking dish, place some of the oil.  Add all ingredients except breadcrumb and cheese mixture. Mix well.  Add remainder of the oil.  Cover the top with the breadcrumb and cheese mixture.
Cover with foil and bake for 45 min.
Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15 min.