Verdure Al Forno

June 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Monday means Giada recipe night!  For the past couple of weeks my mom has been making a new Giada recipe from the Everyday Italian cookbook I got her.  Tonight’s recipe is verdure al forno or “vegetables in the oven.”  You can pretty much substitute any veggie you like into this recipe.  We used zucchini!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 5 medium zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds total), cut crosswise into 1 inch thick slices
  • 1 cup heavy cream (not the best nutritionally speaking, but the whole casserole serves 4+)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated fontina cheese
  • About 1/4 c. grated Pecorino Romano cheese 
  • 1 cup. plain dried bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper 

Preheat the oven to 350.  

In an 8-inch baking dish:

  1. Spread the olive oil around the baking dish
  2. Layer the bottom of the dish with a zucchini layer
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top
  4. Pour a little of the heavy cream, mozz and fontina over the 1st layer of zucc
  5. Sprinkle Pecorino Romano on top of that layer 
  6. Repeat layering two more times

Place the baking dish on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake uncovered until golden brown on top and the sauce is bubbling – approx. 40 minutes.  

Zucchini casserole

My dad made garlic bread to go on the side

My plate

Delicious!  I think adding elbow pasta would make it even better..kind of like a zucchini mac and cheese!  Next time.

Troy came over for dinner tonight.  He deserves it for a job well done today.  I was quite spoiled having him around at work 🙂

Troy with his flourless peanut butter cookies in hand.

Tonight I’m heading to Troy’s for some quality TV watching 🙂  See you in the morning!  

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