The Fruit of Our Labor [ + Recipe ]

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

the little garden that could...
Our very first vegetable from our garden :)

Recipe from Grit Magazine:

i modified this recipe a little, using squash and zucchini.  and layered the fried slices to create a bit of a zucchini parmesan/lasagna hybrid.  a bit of a guilty pleasure, but its worth every calorie :)

Zucchini (or Squash) Parmesan

(serves 4) 

- 2 squash or zucchini (or one of each, approx 10 inch long each)
- 2 eggs
- milk
- bread crumbs
(the recipe called for italian, but i used panko)
- tomato sauce
-parmesan cheese
1. Pour 1⁄2 inch canola oil in 10- to 12-inch skillet and heat.

2. Wash zucchini/squash and place on cutting board. Cut off ends and slice zucchini/squash in even slices, 1⁄8- to 1⁄4-inch thick.

3. In soup bowl, crack eggs; whisk until frothy. Whisk in a little milk. Place bread crumbs in another soup bowl.

4. Line platter with paper towel and place platter on unlit burner behind skillet. As you fill platter with layers of zucchini/squash, place another paper towel on top to absorb oil.

5. With fork, pick up a slice of zucchini/squash and place in egg mixture, coating both sides, then place in bread crumbs. 

6. Carefully add zucchini slice to hot oil in skillet. Brown bottom side, then flip and brown other side. Repeat with remaining zucchini. 

(The oil may have to be changed before all the zucchini slices have been fried because both the oil and the bread crumbs will start to burn. Put the oil in an empty coffee can or use paper towels to soak it up. Be careful, as the oil will be hot. Clean the pan and start again with fresh oil.)

6. Spoon a layer of tomato sauce in the bottom of casserole dish, then add overlapping slices of fried zucchini/squash, then more tomato sauce, and top each layer (generously) with parm.  Repeat layers (like lasagna) until you're out of slices.

7.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted

8. && Enjoy!

2 thoughts:

  1. WOW! That is some garden! I think we started our gardens about the same time and ours has only about 1/2 that growth at this point! That's the northern tempatures for you :). One of our pepper plants have one itty bitty pepper sprouting....that's going to be one expensive pepper if I can't harvest more! Love, Momma

  2. that looks so y.u.m.

    my.littles keep picking our veggies before they are ready ~ oh.well. ~d. :)


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