The trouble is, you cannot grow just one zucchini. Minutes after you plant a single seed, hundreds of zucchini will barge out of the ground and sprawl around the garden, menacing the other vegetables. At night, you will be able to hear the ground quake as more and more zucchinis erupt.
I have several vegetable projects in mind for the weekend that include a wonderful favorite vegetable parmesan, eggplant bucatini alla Norma and for tonight a rather simple zucchini casserole. Layers of zucchini, cheese, heavy cream and shreds of fresh basil a rather simple approach for several vegetables and while I really didn’t measure the ingredients and scaled the recipe back for the two of us, Giada’s recipe is posted below…I totally forgot the bread crumbs, but it didn’t seem to matter…
Verdura al Forno – slightly adapted
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 medium zucchini, (about 1 1/2 pounds) sliced lengthwise, 1/4-inch thick
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup grated mozzarella
1 cup grated fontina
1/4 cup grated Romano
1 cup plain dried bread crumbs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Coat the bottom of a 9 by 13-inch baking dish with extra-virgin olive oil. Arrange zucchini slices on the bottom of the dish and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Evenly pour 1/3 cup of the heavy cream and sprinkle with 1/3 of a cup of mozzarella, 1/3 cup fontina and 2 tablespoons of the Romano. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the bread crumbs. Repeat layers, ending with the bread crumbs. Cut the 4 tablespoons of butter into 1/2-inch cubes and sprinkle over the top of the dish. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, place the baking dish on top and bake for 40 minutes until bubbling and the top is golden brown.
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis