Friday, October 17, 2008

Broiled Zucchini & Potatoes with a Parmesan Crust

I made this wonderful dish, another recipe out of Giada's new book, as a side for last Sunday's dinner with the parents. I recommend using fresh herbs & parm but if you can't I wouldn't let that keep you from making this. It was so flavorful & beautiful!

Although there's 3 phases of cooking here between the boiling, pan time & broiling it really is simple. I did the potatoes ahead of time & I also combined the butter, garlic, herbs in a bowl ahead of time. Later, I let them lay on the baking sheet until I was ready to put them under the broiler.



4 small new potatoes (red or white, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
2 tblsp butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 small zucchini, cut in 1/2 lengthwise & then cut into 1 in pieces
Pinch kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes & cook until just tender, about 12 to 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes & let cool. When cool, cut the potatoes in half.

Place your largest saute pan over medium heat. Add the butter, garlic, thyme & rosemary & let cook until the butter melts, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, season the cut sides of the zucchini and potatoes with salt & pepper. Carefully place the zucchini & potatoes cut side down in the melted butter. Let them cook until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. (Even my biggest pan was not enough to have it all laying flat. No worries. Just let it all sit & then rotate but don't keep stirring like your sauteing. You want them browned not steamed).

Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the browned zucchini & potatoes on the baking sheet cut side up. Sprinkle the tops with the Parmesan. Place in the broiler until the cheese is golden brown, about 2-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate & serve.

My Thoughts:

If you're like me & you don't like your zucchini mushy make sure your potatoes are very tender after boiling so that they are just waiting on the zucchini when they are all combined in the pan. I also doubled this recipe for 4 adults by using 2-3 large zucchini & 6-8 small red potatoes.


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Have a great weekend everyone! I am doing a 5K tomorrow morning, getting my haircut & rid of my highlights to go back to my natural brown for the Fall & spending quality time with the fam. And plenty of cooking too!!!

44 comments:

WEB SHERIFF said...

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On behalf of Exile Productions and Exile Publishing, many thanks for plugging Van Morrison and, for your readers’ info, up-to-the-minute news on Van’s latest album - Keep It Simple - and 2008 shows is, of course, available on www.vanmorrison.com and www.myspace.com/vanmorrison and, for a limited period, you can still see Van's exclusive BBC sessions at http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/vanmorrison/video/ . We’re also pleased to announce that an increasing archive of exclusive film footage of Van Morrison performances has now been made available for fans on Exile’s official YouTube channel at http://uk.youtube.com/user/OfficialExileFilms .

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Hi StephsCafe,

On behalf of Exile Productions and Exile Publishing, many thanks for plugging Van Morrison and, for your readers’ info, up-to-the-minute news on Van’s latest album - Keep It Simple - and 2008 shows is, of course, available on www.vanmorrison.com and www.myspace.com/vanmorrison and, for a limited period, you can still see Van's exclusive BBC sessions at http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/vanmorrison/video/ . We’re also pleased to announce that an increasing archive of exclusive film footage of Van Morrison performances has now been made available for fans on Exile’s official YouTube channel at http://uk.youtube.com/user/OfficialExileFilms .

Thanks again for your support.

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Bitsy said...

You're right, that is a happy song!

mommaof4wife2r said...

oh my...super yummy! i just got zucchini from the coop yesterday and this is a fab idea. i think i'll try it! thx

Kristina P. said...

You need to stop posting this stuff! I'm making that pumpkin dish for dinner on Sunday, and I was going to make another potato dish, but I think this is in instead!

Tam said...

IN TO THE MYSTIC is one of my all time favs

a 5k....you go girl! Rock ON!

Have a great weekend and I need to cook soon as we have eaten out way way way to much lately....lol

gingela5 said...

Good luck on your 5k! Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned! And the recipe looks delicious!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

om my - I love potatoes - that looks like dinner tonight!

Jamey said...

2 of my favorits in one dish thanks for the recipe!

Kacey Randolph said...

Mmmmm. This looks great as usual. I'm starved. I hope you have fun this weekend! Sounds like a fun weekend! I'll be working a big craft festival all weekend which will be fun. Mmm fair food - yummy, greasy, make you sick to your stomache after you've eaten too many funnel cakes and fried snickers food. Mmmm. :o)

The Blonde Duck said...

Good luck on your 5k! The dish you made looks wonderful!

Carrie said...

I made this recipe about a month ago and thought it was delicious, but then again what isn't delicious covered in cheese!!

If I had read the directions more carefully, I would have used my large SS pan and put it directly in the oven instead of dirtying another pan. But why would I want to save myself some more dishes to wash??

Tabitha Blue said...

Oh, looks good!

Sounds like you have a busy weekend planned! I need to go back to brown and get a trim SO much.. have fun!

Are you getting through The Shack, I'm still reading but getting closer, it's good!

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!
:)
~Tab~

Lula! said...

I love Van..."Into the Mystic" is on my Top 10 list of most favorite songs ever.

You are MY Giada. Seriously! But I like mushy zucchini--don't hate me!

Have a good weekend...you have a BUSY one. Can't wait to hear all about it next week.

Jenny said...

Ahhh, this dish looks great. I love everything in it. Great song and busy weekend for you! Enjoy girl!

angie said...

I really just want to move in with you. I would eat much better. :)

Ace C said...

Good business. Good luck on that 5k.

iheartbowheads.blogspot.com said...

I am rocking out as I leave my comment!

:)

Holly

Julie said...

Hi! Love your posts! Could you send the 'spreadsheet' you said you used to help you lost the weight with your friend. Thanks!

Erin said...

Good luck with your race tomorrow! Thanks again for the PRINTABLE recipes! The best! Don't you just love Giada!

sassy stephanie said...

5K...you go girl! Just before the finish, kick it into high gear and raise your arms across the finish line! Makes for a great pic!

KATIE said...

I'm giving this recipe to my mom -- she LOVES zucchini.

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

My kids LOVE zucchini, so this will be on my upcoming menu plans.

Mo said...

Holy heck you have gone and done it again. Made me hungry that is ;)

When I get my hair done next weekend I too am getting rid of the highlights and going to a one color "scheme". I do this in the fall and winter. Bring it on baby. Bring it on.

Have a great weekend and kick ass in your 5K. I can say ass here right?

KDLOST said...

'tis the season for a 5k! :) good luck on yours!

and yes, carbs = good times. i was SO hungry last week going low carb!!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

I love broiled veggies!

What up with the Web Sherriff?

What up with the mullet head singing in a white mansion?

Love ya RCW!!

jsprik said...

hey hey, just thought i'd stop by and say YUM!! i love zuccinni!! my whole family does....i'll have to be trying this one, too!! thanks!!! btw...stop by and see my new blog, it's all mine!!! hugs and prayers...

Octamom said...

Can't wait to hear about how the race went! And, yeah, that song is happy!!

Blessings!

Kelly said...

Good luck on your 5k!
This is a great dish, I have been wanting to cook up more zuccinni and this looks like the one for me!

AVT Coach said...

You lucky girl..the Web Sheriff came to town! Wonder if he wanted your zuchini! I copied this recipe as well. Thanks for cooking!

Deanna said...

I am headed to our Farmers market. I plan to pick up what I need to make this to go with our supper! So glad I sat down to browse blogs. I forgot what teaching does to your schedules. Whew!

Deanna said...

I am headed to our Farmers market. I plan to pick up what I need to make this to go with our supper! So glad I sat down to browse blogs. I forgot what teaching does to your schedules. Whew!

Julie said...

Hi, I clicked on the 'email' box at the bottom. Hope this works! Sorry.

Ritch in Love said...

Hope the 5K went well! More power to ya for running...there's one thing I dread, and that is running. But a girl's gotta do, what a girl's gotta do!

Pics of the new hair style?

Rebeckah said...

This just came out of the oven. YAY! I might have to buy the book! Hope the rest of your Sunday is perfectly restful and relaxing : )!

nikkicrumpet said...

Wow...it looks yummy...but that whole "having to turn the stove on" thing is where ya lost me. Good thing I know how to dial for takeout!

Meaghan said...

I absolutely love your profile pic...always makes me thirsty :)

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Thanks so much and have a great day!

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Jen said...

that looks really good. I hope that your run went well and you had a great weekend.

Laurie said...

Your recipes this week are simply awesome! Love the potatoes and zucchini and I can't wait to try the apple thyme martinis! Total yum!

Tiffany said...

Girl, my mouth is watering.

We are going to get the SITS recipe site back up... do you want to take one day/week as a guest chef?

Jessica said...

Looks so yum...I would love to come over for dinner:)!

Zesty Cook said...

WOW - this recipe looks amazaing. I love your blog. Huge fan and will be a regular....

Alyson (New England Living) said...

That looks soooo yummy. I'm a huge fan of side dishes. I almost prefer them to the main dish. Weird, I know.

Mrs. Buck said...

cant speak, mouth watering....looks....delicious!