Zucchini Casserole Recipe -My Garden Overfloweth
Zucchini have to be the most prolific vegetable on earth. Once they start ripening in the garden the game is on! How do I get the family to eat all of them? You can’t give them away as everyone who has a garden has an overflow too. Note to purveyors of seeds – You only need to put about 6 seeds in a packet!
So what do I do to use up all my zucchini – everything!!!! I pickle them in a variety of ways – dill, zesty, bread & butter. I make them into relish. I serve them stuffed, hidden in casseroles, sauteed, bread, muffins…..I think you’re getting the picture. Over the years, I have cooked a fair amount of zucchini and have developed a number of recipes to make them different and exciting. OK…who am I kidding…zucchini…exciting….. in the same sentence, I got a little carried away. Must have had too much zucchini, but honestly, there is a way to use most of the zucchini from your garden and not bore your family’s taste buds to death. During the next month I will be posting a number of zucchini recipes so stop in frequently to collect them all. The first that I am sharing is Slow Cooker Zucchini Italiano Casserole. I love to cook this casserole in the summer because my crockpot will not heat up my kitchen like my oven would.
you can consider this a side dish or a main course. It is very rich and very filling. It’s a casserole that I let cook in the slow cooker for a few hours and then just before I serve it, I put into a casserole dish, top it with cheese and buttery cracker crumbs, and melt the cheese under the broiler. It’s delicious, economical, and easy! That combo works for me.
Slow Cooker Zucchini Italiano Casserole
|Slow Cooker Zucchini Italiano Casserole Recipe - A great Vegetable Side Dish|| |
- 3-4 medium zucchini (unpeeled), cut into ¼ inch slices
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
- 3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1-2 tsp. kosher salt
- 2 tsp. fresh basil (if you use dry, use less as dry is more potent)
- 2 tbs. parsley
- dash of fresh ground pepper
- 2 ripe tomatoes, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup cracker crumbs
- 4 tbs. melted butter
- ½ c.freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- ½ c. grated mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup sliced scallions, both green and white parts
- Mix all the ingredients, except for the crackers, butter, cheeses, scallions, and tomatoes, in the crock pot, and stir thoroughly. Cover and cook on a low setting for 5-7 hours.
- Before serving pour the mixture into an oven proof casserole. Place a layer of sliced tomatoes on top. Mix melted butter and cracker crumbs together and spread on top of tomatoes. Sprinkle both cheeses on top of the cracker crumbs. Place under broiler until cheese is melted and topping is golden brown. Sprinkle sliced scallions on top right before serving.