Zucchini Parmesan (Zucchini alla Parmigiana)

Zucchini Parmesan (Zucchini alla Parmigiana)

At the ‘in Tavola’ cooking school in Florence Italy we made this yummy dish!

Ingredients

  • 30 g. Butter, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 small carrot peeled and minced
  • 1 stalk celery , minced
  • 700 g. diced tomatoes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 medium size zucchini
  • All purpose flour as needed
  • 100 g. Mozzarella cheese
  • A few fresh basil leaves chopped
  • A sprig of fresh parsley chopped
  • 30 g. breadcrumbs, amount as needed
  • 30 g. Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 400F (200C).
  2. To mince the carrots and celery cut first in Julienne style then cut the long thin strips into very small uniform size pieces,
  3. To Make the sauce fry the minced onion and celery in half of the butter(15g) and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil until softened (5 to 8 minutes); add diced tomato, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over low geat for 15-20 minutes then shut off.
  4. To prepare the zucchini Cut off the ends of zucchini and slice into rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Dredge zucchini slices in flour and fry in a skillet in hot olive oil until golden brown.  Drain on paper towels and put aside.
  5. Another method is to lightly oil a baking pan with olive oil and layer the dredged zucchini pieces in a single layer and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool until you can handle them.
  6. We made this dish in individual ramekins but you can also do the process in one larger baking dish.
  7. To assemble either in the ramekins or baking dish first put a layer of tomato sauce followed by a layer of zucchini then a thin layer of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with the chopped basil and parsley. Continue layering until all the ingredients have been used ending with zucchini on top.
  8. Combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese.
  9. Sprinkle the crumb mixture on top and bake 20-25 minutes or until the surface is golden brown.
  10. If using ramekins you can remove the zucchini Parmesan by cutting around the edge of the dishes and flipping them directly onto each serving dish or serve them in the dishes.

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