Zucchini and Spinach Gratin

One time I had an excessive amount of zucchini and didn’t know what I was going to do with it. I did a quick search and found this recipe on SimplyRecipes.com. I was thrilled with how it turned out and highly recommend this easy dish if  you want to impress your friends.

  •  2 lbs zucchini
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 lb frozen spinach*
  • 3 slices of thick cut bacon (about 3 ounces), cut crosswise 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 handful of parsley (about 1/2 cup of leaves, lightly packed)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • Olive oil
  • * Or 6 packed cups of fresh chopped spinach leaves, blanched and drained

Directions

  1. Grate the zucchini. Toss the grated zucchini with about a teaspoon of Kosher salt. Place the grated zucchini in a large sieve (or colander) placed over a bowl to catch the water as the salt helps the zucchini release its moisture. Let sit for 30 minutes or so, then squeeze out the remaining excess moisture with paper towels or a clean tea towel.
  2.  Thaw the spinach, let drain while the zucchini is draining. Then squeeze out the excess moisture with paper towels or a tea towel.
  3. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Add the bacon and gently cook until lightly browned and most of the fat rendered out, about 10 minutes.
  4. While the bacon is cooking, peel and finely chop the onion. Add the onions to the bacon and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the onions have softened.
  5. While the bacon and onions are cooking, prepare the parsley and garlic. Place the parsley and garlic with a small pinch of salt into a food processor and pulse just a couple of times.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  7. Place the zucchini into a large bowl. With a wooden spoon, mix in the cooked onions and bacon. Mix in the spinach, parsley, and garlic. Mix in half of the Parmesan. Taste, and add black pepper and more salt to taste. Mix in the eggs.
  8. Coat the bottom and sides of a 2 quart casserole or gratin dish with a tablespoon of olive oil. Put the zucchini spinach mixture into the dish and pack it down. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over the top and drizzle with a little olive oil.
  9. Bake in a 350°F oven for 40-45 minutes, until the top is nicely browned. Serve immediately.

I decided to eat this dish as part of a green theme.

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