Tuesday, October 4, 2011

on a fall harvest recipe.

another one from food and wine, and a perfect way to use all the wonderful vegetables that fall gives us. it called a layered vegetable casserole, and we've got three main ingredients.
the hardest thing about this recipe is all the slicing and dicing you have to do. and since we can all cut vegetables, i presume, that means it's pretty easy. slice up two eggplants and three zucchinis, which you roast in the oven.
you can roast them at the same time, unless your oven is literally - lit.er.ally - a quarter of the size of a regular oven. then you have to do it in two batches. like i did.
while they're roasting, saute a shallot or two for a few minutes, and then saute the diced tomatoes with the shallot for a couple more minutes. to put the dish together i used a bigger pan than the recipe calls for so i had fewer layers. one layer of eggplant, then a layer of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil, a layer of zucchini, and then the rest of the tomato, mozzarella and basil before topping with bread crumbs. and yes, i used mozzarella instead of feta because all cheese is disgusting except for like two kinds. and one of them is mozzarella.
and twenty minutes later it came out delicious, hot and wonderful.
this dish is great for a light dinner, or paired with a side of pasta for something heartier.
i will absolutely be eating this as long as these three are sold at my farmer's market. a perfect way to warm up at the end of the day from the chill that has officially come to new york.

15 comments:

  1. Hmmmm...scrumptious! Here's another one to add to the list (three of my favourite vegetables too!) Has it gotten really chilly in NY? Do I need to pack a winter coat or can I get away with a light jacket?

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  2. meghan - pack a light coat and a scarf. you definitely don't need a puffy, down-filled winter coat just yet, but a light coat with a scarf should keep you warm in the morning and at night.

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  3. Yum! I've been loving your recipes lately.

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  4. This sounds really good! I like the mozzarella and basil layered in there with the veggies. Yum.

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  5. This looks so good! And most importantly--simple enough for me to not blow it off as soon as I see the ingredient list.

    And thank you for being the only other person in the world who realizes that cheese is weird and smelly and gross. Mike could eat it by the handfuls and be perfectly happy. Gag.

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  6. alana - i always go by the ingredient list too! if it's easy to procure or i already have it, i'm in.

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  7. Wait, so what's the other one? Mozz and ...?

    This looks good. Even with a pretty sorry garden this year, I still have oodles of zucchini.

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  8. This looks delicious! Too bad my husband is picky and won't eat it :(

    By the way, I’m having a giveaway on my blog! It’s a gorgeous ruffed scarf by Nikkisic. Not your traditional scarf, but a mix between modern and 1700′s fashion! Go to http://www.l0velindsey.com to check it out :)

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  9. Mm, yums! The husband made veggie lasagna last night and it was superb. Can't wait to eat the leftovers tonight!

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  10. This made me so hungry! I love the idea of this recipe :).

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  11. Martha COLLEEN Stewart!!!! This look amazing!! I really want to have a piece of that!

    xx

    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

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  12. Oh wow, this looks absolutely amazing. I really want to try this.

    *Erin

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  13. erin - the other one is parm. and ricotta i'm ok with. other than that, forget about it.

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  14. I like the minimal ingredients in this one. And I admire you for cooking and baking in your tiny kitchen with a tiny oven! I would probably use the feta in this, but it looks delicious either way!

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