4/27/12

Zucchini, Tomato & Feta Gratin Recipe: Versatile Vegetarian Side

This Zucchini, Tomato & Feta Gratin Recipe has a few of my favorite things: tomatoes, cheese and pine nuts. I adapted this recipe from the Sunday Roasts cookbook, from which I've previously made Salmon Fillets on a Bed of Peas.

The original recipe for the Zucchini and Tomato Gratin used rosemary, which I dislike, and had somewhat complicated directions for layering vegetables with cheese, bread crumbs, etc.

Instead, I decided to use the technique I learned while making Barefoot Contessa's Vegetable Tian, and used fresh basil instead of rosemary and panko crumbs instead of regular crumbs.

The smartest part of this recipe was sauteing the zucchini on both sides prior to adding them to the baking dish: this got rid of some of the moisture and gave the zucchini a lot of flavor.

Since the amount of tomatoes was half the amount of zucchini, when layering, I used two zucchini slices for each tomato slice.

This dish is great served hot or at room temperature. I even ate it cold straight out of the refrigerator a few times.

Zucchini, Tomato & Feta Gratin Recipe
Adapted from Sunday Roasts
Ingredients

olive oil for sauteing

2 pounds zucchini, sliced into 1/4" rounds

kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper

1 pound tomatoes, sliced into 1/4" rounds

6 tablespoons panko crumbs

6 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1/3 cup crumbled feta

2 tablespoons pine nuts

garnish: fresh basil

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
2. In a large frying pan heat enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and saute zucchini slices for four minutes on each side. You may need to do this in batches. Season the slices with salt and pepper as soon as you remove them from the pan.


2. In a 2-quart oval baking dish, layer tomatoes with zucchini slices.


3. Combine the panko crumbs with cheese and sprinkle on top of the vegetables. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and top with pine nuts.


4. Bake for 25 minutes and garnish with chiffonade of basil.



I don't know about you, but I think the final result is absolutely gorgeous! You will get some juices from the vegetables on the bottom of the baking dish, so make sure you have some bread to soak it up. Serve this on its own or as a side with roasted chicken or steak.


PS. Remember that I will be announcing the winner of the OXO salad spinner giveaway on Monday. This means you still have time to enter it!

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10 comments:

MJ said...

Pine nuts! For crunch! I like.

Ben said...

Oh wow that looks amazing.. This is the perfect side dish for the summer.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Thank you! Even Foodgawker thought so ;)

Megan said...

I'll have this for dinner, please and thank you. Looks incredible!

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

since you asked so nicely, come on over!!!

Lighthousegal said...

This looks so good. I think I will try it this coming week! I'll let you know how it turns out for me.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Yay! Hope you and your family likes this.

Rachel Cooks said...

This looks so delicious and I lovvvvvve pine nuts :)

Angelaroberts said...

As soon as my tomatoes turn red in the garden, I'm making this dish. YUM.

Olga @ MangoTomato said...

Yay!!! You are going to love it. And I'm a little jealous you grow your own tomatoes.