A few weeks ago I made a wonderful meal with the last of our garden veggies. I love cooking with vegetables I grew and harvested myself. There is something very satisfying about enjoying the fruits of your labor. Plus, home-grown vegetables taste so much better!
I had a couple pounds of San Marzano tomatoes, several summer squash, and a bunch of potatoes. We had enjoyed most of the tomatoes in various pasta sauces and I wanted something different. I found a delicious-sounding tomato soup recipe on Epicurious. My Mom had given me a potato-zucchini casserole recipe that I wanted to try, so I decided to pair the two.
What a wonderful dinner! The soup was so flavorful and delicious. The casserole was fairly rich, so it went nicely with the lighter soup. It’s kind of like scalloped potatoes with a zucchini gratin on top. What a great way to enjoy the final harvest!
The recipe for Roasted Tomato Soup with Garlic can be found on Epicurious, so I will not share it here. FYI: I followed the suggestion of many of the reviewers and only used half the amount of chicken broth called for in the recipe.
I hope all of my U.S. readers have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
- 3 medium potatoes (I used red), peeled and sliced 1/8 inch thick
- 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided
- 6 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
- 3 medium zucchini, or other summer squash, sliced
- 1 cup dry bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10×6-inch baking dish. Layer the potato slices with 1 cup of the cheese in the baking dish.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat, then blend in the flour, salt, and pepper. Stir in the milk. Return the saucepan to the heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens slightly and begins to boil.
Pour the sauce over the potato slices. Cover and bake for 45 – 50 minutes.
Remove the baking dish from the oven and uncover. Layer the zucchini slices and the remaining cheese over the potatoes. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and combine it with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the zucchini and bake, uncovered, for an additional 40 minutes.