Rabbit Rabbit, everyone! Happy 1st of the month! Can you believe it’s already September? I thought a tasty end-of-summer recipe to inch us toward the new season would be delicious so I’m using my favorite vegetable, zucchini, which can never be too much for me! My dad taught me how to make this savory casserole when I was learning to cook (mostly from him) so I’d like to pass it on. Some of my friends already use it and love it. Hope you do too.
- 3 fresh zucchini sliced very thin
- 2-3 Vidalia sweet onions sliced thin
- 1 package of fresh basil
- 1 bottle of Parmesan grated cheese
- 1 bottle extra virgin olive oil
- 1 bottle of your favorite tomato sauce
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- salt and pepper
- 1 3qt. casserole dish with cover or similar
Set oven at 350
- Begin by lightly covering the bottom of the casserole dish with extra virgin olive oil.
- Make a layer of zucchini placing thin slices next to each other.
- Cover the layer of zucchini with sliced onions. You don’t need as many onions as zucchini.
- Sprinkle a small amount of minced garlic over the zucchini and onions.
- With a tablespoon, gently splash tomato sauce sporadically over the slices, taking care not to overuse sauce. (Each slice does NOT have to be covered. Please note: using too much sauce will drown your casserole after baking.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Rip 3 or 4 leaves of fresh basil into small pieces and scatter the basil leaf next over the sauce.
- Cover the layer by shaking fresh grated Parmesan cheese over it. It will get gooey during baking.
- Drip the olive oil over the cheese very lightly.
- Cover with another layer of zucchini and begin process 2-9 over again until the zucchini is used up. You should get about 4 layers if you use good-sized zucchini. You may need to slice another zucchini or onion to finish a layer.
- The top layer should end with just zucchini, sauce, cheese and basil.
- Bake at 350o for at least 1 ½ hours or until zucchini is soft.
Serve alone with fresh Italian bread or as a side dish for any main meat or fish course. Zucchini carries a lot of water which will make the tomato sauce become a thin and delicious gravy. Be sure to put a little of the thin sauce over each serving of casserole and top with a piece of fresh basil.
Guaranteed you’ll want to make it over and over again. Pass it on and join me on Thursday as we visit another Thasc artist.