July 11, 2012

Summer Squash Gratin

The timing was perfect when I saw this recipe on Joanne's blog on Monday.  I had summer squash and red potatoes from the farmers market, Gruyere that I had just purchased from Trader Joe's and I finally understand how my mandoline works.

I loved this side dish with dinner tonight. The combination of flavors is perfect, and it's an ideal recipe to make in the summer.  Mr. "I hate carbs" complained that there was too much panko, but I thought it was just right. 

I also tried a new recipe for our main dish tonight, which was carrot & chickpea burgers.  They were good, but too crumbly, so I need to modify that recipe before I share it.

I struggle with what to serve side dishes with, since I don't cook meat, but I thought tonight's dinner went together beautifully.

Summer Squash Gratin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1/2 lb (1 medium) summer squash, sliced thinly on a mandoline
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, loosely packed
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 garlic cloved, quartered
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 lb red potatoes, sliced thinly on a mandoline
  • 1/3 cup grated Gruyere (or Swiss cheese)
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place summer squash slices in a colander in the sink and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let drain for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, puree the fresh herbs, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt and olive oil. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine melted butter and panko.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, reserving some of the butter-coated panko. Pour mixture into a shallow baking dish and top with remaining panko. Bake for 30 minutes.
Recipe adapted from: Eats Well With Others
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  1. I rarely cook side dishes either so I was so grateful when I discovered this!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  2. This looks great--a perfect dish to slide in when the weather is/was :( cooler.

  3. I make a dish similar to this with potatoes. I eat it by the bowlful!