Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Zucchini, Squash, Onion and Cheese Casserole - A Low Carb Side Dish
There are those people who cook with squash and zucchini very often...
...and then there are those who do not.
For no good explanation I fall into the, "do not" category.
I tend to lean more towards asparagus, broccoli, spinach and beans...but when I walked past these beauties the other day at a local outdoor market...it was as if they spoke to me.
"Woman" they whispered, "it's time we get reacquainted..."
"OK, OK!" I replied, "I couldn't agree more...but can I bring along a few cups of cheese?"
"We are delicious with cheese" they responded "but let's not forget summer is coming, if you're gonna do cheese...consider going low on the carbs..."
Squash and Zucchini were looking out for my best interest...and I liked that.
"I think we're gonna get along just fine..." I told them.
Onion and garlic wanted in too. We all agreed it would work.
And did it ever!
A beautiful side dish where each ingredient compliments the next...consider this Zucchini, Squash, Onion and Cheese Casserole the next time you're looking for a little special something!
Zucchini, Squash, Onion and Cheese Casserole
2-3 T Olive oil (plus tiny bit more for drizzling at the end)
1 medium onion, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 medium zucchini, ends cut off and thinly sliced into circles
1 medium summer squash, ends cut off and thinly sliced into circles
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
1/2 cup Rosemary Asiago Cheese (or other cheese of choice)
1/3 +1/4 cup panko crumbs
Grated Parmesan for dusting on top
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh chopped Italian Parsley for garnish (optional)
Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat, add garlic and onion and saute up, stirring occasionally (careful not to burn the garlic) until softened about 6-8 minutes.
Add zucchini and squash to the same pan and continue cooking, stirring occasionally until softened, about 12 minutes.
Add fresh grated nutmeg, pinch of salt and pepper and stir in well.
Remove from heat and place contents of the pan into a large bowl to let cool slightly.
Preheat oven to 375.
Stir in your 2 1/2 cups cheese and 1/3 cup panko until well combined.
Add contents of bowl to a glass casserole dish (8x8) At this point taste test for salt and pepper - add some only if needed.
sprinkle the top with the remaining panko and Parmesan cheese.
Drizzle with just a touch of olive oil.
Place in the oven and bake about 10 minutes or until is gets bubbly around the edges.
Turn on broiler and broil (keeping a close eye) an additional 3-4 minutes until slightly browned on top.
Remove from the oven and let sit about 10 minutes before serving.
Garnish with fresh chopped Italian parsley and enjoy!