Gentle Readers, I fear the zucchini bounty that is about to be bestowed on The Practical Cook is a bit more severe than expected. The vegetables are to be received today, but yesterday I got an email from The Practical Cook’s Mom with a family zucchini recipe attached. This is not a good sign.
If you need okra, peppers, tomatoes, or zucchini, just ask. There’s a new Gentle Reader (congrats to Blended Familia!) who may receive this very casserole. When the vegetables take over, fight back!
Thanks to my relatives for this one, which gives you some insight into how I learned to cook. It’s a bit of a free-for-all, and my mom and I have never met a recipe we didn’t mess with. Generally speaking, we compose recipes for each other that have commentary with instructions. Recipes and food are simply one more form of conversation for us.
Dianne’s Zucchini Casserole
Spray an 8 x 8 Pyrex.
Saute about a heaping quart of sliced zucchini (circles), along with 1-2 chopped onions, in 3 tablespoons butter.
Then add scant tsp salt, 1/4 tsp oregano (or more, or add some Italian seasoning), 1 8-oz can tomato sauce.
1. Mix all together and pour in Pyrex. Bake 350 for 20 minutes.
2. Then sprinkle shredded Mozzarella cheese on top and bake for about 10 more minutes. (The recipe calls for 8 oz, but that’s too much. It also calls for a tablespoon of flour.) This makes a family-size dish, so you might want to halve it.
I promise to add some pictures once I make this dish. I love zucchini and tomatoes together, and this is a lot like a crustless pizza. Would make an awesome filling for a lightly toasted pita split in half.
How do you use up extra zucchini? Post your recipes, hints, and street address (just kidding, I promise not to drop any off at your house, ahem) on the blog comments section!
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Tomorrow it’s Sunday, Sunday, Sunday. Time for Weekly Menus.