Welcome back to the first July installment of Ina’s Garden, a cooking group dedicated to all things Ina Garten! This week, Peggy of Pantry Revisted selected Ina’s zucchini gratin, which can be found here or at Food Network’s site here. Here’s a look at my downsized version:
As you can see, I only made enough to fill two ramekins. Why did I do this? For starters, I’m not completely sold on zucchini. My few encounters with it were mostly lackluster and unmemorable. Of what I could remember, the zucchini was mushy and tasteless. I didn’t want an entire pan of the stuff sitting around. However, Ina’s recipes have yet to fail me, so I knew to give zucchini a second chance. Besides, the cheesy breadcrumb mixture sounded very tempting.
Obviously, I decreased the amount of ingredients that the recipe suggested. To make a two ramekin version, I used 1 zucchini, half an onion, and only 2 tablespoons of butter. I didn’t measure out the seasonings or the breadcrumb and cheese mixture. I just added as I saw fit. Same went for the milk though, to be safe, I measured out just 1 tablespoon of flour for the roux. And because I knew that having a wedge of Gruyère sitting around wouldn’t help my snacking habit, I used shredded low-fat mozzarella for the topping instead.
This recipe has completely changed my opinion of zucchini! The filling was rich, creamy and the zucchini had a nice flavor, especially with the sprinkling of nutmeg. The topping was gooey and crispy at the same time, and I don’t think I missed out by using shredded mozzarella. I’ll definitely be adding this to my cooking repertoire! I told my friend (Codename: Candelabra) about this dish, and she suggested I try it with a combo of zucchini and yellow summer squash next time.
I hope you have a chance to join us in Ina’s Garden this week and make Ina’s zucchini gratin. It was extremely simple and less time consuming than the recipe indicated. So, let’s see tons of linkups below! However, if you couldn’t make it to Ina’s Garden this week, we hope you join us on July 21st, when Mia at Bright Morning Star will be hosting “Sweet Baked Love” featuring all of Ina’s sweet baked treats! And now, the Ina’s Garden cooking group has its own blog here with a list of upcoming themes so you can plan ahead which recipe you’d like to make and which theme you’d like to join!