Friday, August 21, 2009

Squash, Tomato and Basil Gratin (FPF)

Temperatures were in the 70's here today. Such a welcome relief from the heat and humidity of the past few weeks. The local kids have gone back to school and I can almost smell fall in the air. The depression that has been ever-present since the last seconds ticked off the Super Bowl clock last January is about to be lifted. Football. Say it with me. FOOTBALL. One more time. Are you ready for some FOOTBALL?

Actually, that all was written for hubby and daughter's benefit. My seasonal depression is about to start.

This week's Food Processor Friday's recipe is still very much about summer, however. Particularly, summer garden vegetables. You know, the ones that you were fighting over earlier in the season and are now growing a little tired of. And by you, of course I mean me. I've been putting up tomatoes all week and there's still a ton out there in the garden. I may be tempted into trying to make homemade ketchup. After all, why buy something for a dollar when you can spend all day and dirty every pot and pan making it?

Squash, Tomato and Basil Gratin

cooking spray
2 ounces Asiago cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 clove garlic, peeled
12 large fresh basil leaves
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
2-3 small to medium yellow squash, zucchini, or mix of both
10-12 ripe plum tomatoes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a shallow baking dish with cooking spray.

Insert the metal blade into food processor. With the machine running, drop the cheese cubes down the feed tube and process to chop finely, about 10 seconds. Remove cheese to another bowl and set aside.

With the machine running, drop the garlic through the feed tube to chop. Add the basil leaves, olive oil, salt and pepper. Process until smooth, about 10-15 seconds. Remove to another bowl and set aside.



Insert the slicing disc. Cut the squash/zucchini into lengths that will fit the large feed tube. Arrange in the zucchini in the feed tube, cut side down. Use medium pressure to slice. Remove squash/zucchini to another bowl and set aside.

I opted to slice my tomatoes by hand instead of using the food processor. I wanted a little thicker slices than what the processor was slicing for me, but you can use the processor in the same way you used it to slice the squash/zucchini if you prefer.

Arrange the squash and tomato slices in a single layer, overlapping them tightly.

Drizzle the basil/olive oil mixture over top.

Sprinkle all with the grated cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the squash is tender. Serve hot or warm.

9 comments:

HoneyB said...

LOL, I had to come right over to tell you that we have been literally starving here all week! It has been so hot we haven't had much for food after I get home from work! Grumpy was disgusted I made chicken fajitas tonight because mexican food isn't his favorite - and he had to eat it on our cruise when we went into port! ha ha. Would you believe I scrounged around for something last night and actually had to eat cream of wheat because that was all I could find??? ;-)

Frieda said...

What a pretty dish~ a food processor definitely comes in handy!

Moogie said...

I swear you have an evil twin helping with all the cooking and baking. Or are you the evil twin?

June said...

Wow, this looks incredible, so pretty AND so darn healthy. Booo...hey I'd trade you tomatoes for prickly pear cactus tunas. How's that?

Mags said...

HoneyB: Don't you hate that about coming home from vacation... no food in the house!

Frieda: Thanks! I just love my food processor. I've only had it a little over a month, so I'm still learning just how much time it can save me.

Moogie: Hubby has five wives. My only job is cooking. ;)

June: I had to Google prickly pear cactus tunas. (I kept picturing fish hanging off of cactus plants...lol)

Anonymous said...

Mags,
I just had your hubby show me your blog. It looks great! You make me hungry. I miss you and look forward to seeing you again.

Mags said...

Donna: Thanks for checking out my blog! Sorry I missed you guys this weekend and I hope we can get together again soon too!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Looks so tasty! I must say I am looking forward to both cooler weather and to football season. I love casseroles and this one is on the top of my list to try!

Anonymous said...

Gonna try this one as soon as I get inspired to get back in my kitchen for something other than food for my consumption!!