Zucchini Au Gratin

March 18, 2012

I adapted this recipe from my favorite Eggplant Au Gratin recipe. I just substituted 2 pounds of zucchini in place of the large eggplant. Since I didn’t have tomato sauce, I decided to try salsa – what a fabulous addition!  I used the mild flavor salsa in this recipe but I love the hot salsa too!

Zucchini Au Gratin

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving – 1/2 of casserole
Calories:  329.5
Total Fat:19.7 g
Cholesterol: 166.2 mg
Sodium: 680.3 mg
Total Carbs: 23.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 6.3 g
Protein: 16.0 g
Weight Watchers Points: 7Weight Watchers Points Plus: 9

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 pounds med size zucchini, unpeeled, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/8 cup whole milk Ricotta Cheese or 1/8 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 extra-large or jumbo egg
  • 2 Tablespoons light cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese (divided)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Chi-Chi’s or other mild Thick & Chunky Salsa

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9 x 9 square casserole dish with cooking spray. I used an 11 x 7 oval dish that I recently purchased at Wegmans and I love the different look!
  • Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a very large frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is almost smoking, add the zucchini (fry in 2 batches if needed) and COVER with the lid. This allows the zucchini to cook quicker, and uses much less oil.
  • When browned, turn over each slice, and if needed use cooking spray to moisten the pan prior to placing down the uncooked side. Fry until the slices are fully cooked and tender.
  • Transfer and lay flat the cooked zucchini slices into the casserole dish. You may have to stack some of the zucchini.
  • Pour the Chi-Chi’s salsa evenly over the zucchini layer.
  • In a small bowl or small food processor, mix together the ricotta, egg, light cream, pepper, and all except for the 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan Cheese.
  • Then pour the ricotta mixture over the zucchini and salsa layers. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese over the top.
    Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the custard sets and the top is browned. Enjoy!

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