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Pecorino Romano Scalloped Potatoes

20 Mar
Pecorino Romano Scalloped Potatoes

Pecorino Romano Scalloped Potatoes

Having a mandoline slicer makes quick work of this easy side dish, but a good sharp knife will also work. I splurged and bought some nice Pecorino Romano (genuine Sini Fulvi) at Whole Foods last week and figured the nutty cheese would taste great in my standard scalloped potato recipe. The cheese had such a strong flavor that I used it sparingly, but cooking it really mellows it out. So feel free to use as much as you want in this dish, as it adds a subtle cheesy flavor to an otherwise rather plain potato dish. I also topped it with a scattering of crushed homemade garlic croutons for another flavorful kick. This is a very versatile potato dish, so feel free to use any kind of potatoes, onions, cheese, or croutons that you want! Serve this with any protein of choice and a salad or other vegetable.

Pecorino Romano Scalloped Potatoes

3 medium large russet potatoes, sliced thin
1/2 large sweet onion, sliced thin and quartered
3 heaping tablespoons flour, divided
1 1/2 cups half and half (or milk), divided
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
Pecorino Romano cheese or other hard cheese, grated, to taste
Crushed flavored croutons, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice the potatoes thin, using a mandoline or very sharp knife.

Sliced Potatoes in Ice Bath

Sliced Potatoes in Ice Bath

To keep them from browning, place the slices in a bowl of ice water. Next slice the onion, then quarter the slices.

Humble Sliced and Quartered Onion

Humble Sliced and Quartered Onion

When done slicing, drain the bowl and pat the potato slices dry with paper towels.

Spray a small casserole dish with oil, then add one layer of potato slices. Sprinkle 1/3 of the flour over top, followed by 1/2 cup of half and half or milk.

First Layer of Dish

First Layer of Dish

Season with sea salt and ground pepper to taste, then grate the desired amount of Pecorino Romano on top. Spread 1/3 of the onion slices last. Repeat layers two more times, then top with crushed flavored croutons.

Potatoes After Removing Foil

Potatoes After Removing Foil ~ Feel free to grate more cheese on top at this point!

Cover tightly with foil, and bake in oven for one hour. Remove the foil, then bake another half hour or more, until the potatoes are fork tender. Let rest for a few minutes, then serve with additional grated cheese, if desired.

Pecorino Romano Scalloped Potatoes

Pecorino Romano Scalloped Potatoes

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Zucchini and Spinach Lasagna with Paul’s Spicy Sauce

10 Oct
Zucchini and Spinach Lasagna with Paul's Spicy Sauce

Zucchini and Spinach Lasagna with Paul’s Spicy Sauce

So my back-yard neighbor keeps giving us zucchini and squash from his garden. I swear we are cooking and eating it as fast as we can! He had given us some pattypan squash twice and some other hybrid now, which I’ve used for a side dish both in soup and roasted with potatoes. (I took photos, maybe a future post? Dunno.)

But then we got this GINORMOUS zucchini.

Zucchini Grande

Zucchini Grande

At that point I thought, “OK, it’s time to use this big time in a big pan of lasagna.” Subbing sliced zucchini for lasagna noodles has been around for quite some years, and since I got my cheap-o mandoline slicer last year I decided the zuke would be a perfect use for that big bad-ass zuke. (Ha! I’m getting a bit crass in my 50s, huh?)

Sooo, I wanted to grill the zuke first, because of all the thousand (exaggerated) Pinterest posts about this, they were all saying it came out too watery. But one post caught my eye that grilling the zucchini first worked way better than doing the salting and resting thing.

WELL. That didn’t work out so well. We had run out of propane, and hubby was supposed to get it but he didn’t. So it ended up doing the salting and resting thing. It came out a bit watery, but the taste was AMAZING! I went back for seconds and thirds. I think I want to make a soup out of this instead of a lasagna next time. That way I can have a really thick soup instead of a watery lasagna? What do you think?

This has a super-short ingredient list (for me at least) so it’s sure to please!

Anyways, this is what I did:

Zucchini and Spinach Lasagna with Paul’s Spicy Sauce

1 very large zucchini
4 cups spaghetti sauce, preferably homemade. (I used Paul’s Spicy Spaghetti sauce >—here.)
4 cups fresh spinach, chopped
15 ounces Ricotta cheese
1 large egg
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

Slice your Big-A zucchini 1/8-inch thin with either a mandoline slicer or a knife. You’ll want enough to cover two-layers in a 9- x 13-inch pan. Lay the slices on racks and lightly salt each side.

Sliced Zucchini

Sliced Zucchini

Let rest for 1/2 hour, then use paper towels to mop up the moisture from the slices. (Alternatively you could dry-roast them on a grill.)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl, mix the Ricotta and Parmesan cheeses along with the large egg until combined.

In a 9- x 13-inch pan, spread about a cup of the spaghetti sauce over the bottom.

Layer zucchini slices to cover.

First Layer of Zucchini

First Layer of Zucchini

Now spread half of the Ricotta cheese mixture over them…

First Layer of Cheese Mixture

First Layer of Cheese Mixture

and top with a third of the Mozzarella cheese.

First Layer of Mozzarella

First Layer of Mozzarella

Next spread all the spinach over top…

Spinach Layer

Spinach Layer

and top with 1 1/2 cups sauce.

Spicy Sauce Layer

Spicy Sauce Layer

Repeat the layer of zucchini…

Second Layer of Zucchini

Second Layer of Zucchini

cheese mixture and another third of Mozzarella…

Second Cheese Layer

Second Cheese Layer

and the rest of the sauce.

Second Sauce Layer

Second Sauce Layer

Top with a final layer of Mozzarella.

Lasagna Ready to Bake

Lasagna Ready to Bake

Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Zucchini and Spinach Lasagna Out of the Oven

Zucchini and Spinach Lasagna Out of the Oven

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