Cooking On A Budget: Zucchini and Broccoli Gratin

Friday, August 29, 2014

Zucchini and Broccoli Gratin

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One of my favorite side dishes are gratins. I've made a broccoli casserole (gratin) and decided to combine the broccoli with some zucchini and came up with a simple recipe combining those two vegetables. Using some on sale items kept this dish at a low cost. Feeding 6-8 people at a total cost of $5.71.
The zucchini and broccoli gratin goes with just about any protein and would also be nice along side fish. My casserole dish is 9 1/2" x 6 1/2".
  • 2 cups zucchini - grated
  • 2 cups broccoli - finely chopped (I used fresh but frozen is also fine. Just thaw it out and get the extra liquid out of it by placing in a clean kitchen towel and squeezing out the water.)
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese - grated
  • 1 10.5 oz. can cream of celery soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • cooking spray
I used my food processor for all of the prep work.
  1. Using the blade grind the onion by pulsing until you get a small dice.
  2. Switch to your shredding blade (or use a box grater) and do the zucchini. Place the zucchini in a clean kitchen towel and let rest for a while. Squeeze any excess water out of it prior to it going in the dish.
  3. While the zucchini is releasing water, put the blade back in the food processor and pulse until the broccoli is finely chopped.
  4. Clean the processor out and put the shredding blade back in and grate the cheddar cheese.
  5. Once you have all of the prep done combine the zucchini, broccoli, onion and cream of celery soup, the mayonnaise salt and pepper with 3/4 of the cheese. Mix well to combine. Hands work well.
  6. Spray your casserole dish with non stick cooking spray and pour in the mixture. Spread evenly and top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350° oven covered with aluminum foil for about 45 minutes to an hour. Uncover and let the cheese get as brown as you'd like it.

Let me say that I was not entirely thrilled with the way the photographs came out for this post. I was loosing daylight and it was difficult to get the right lighting. However I can assure you that this was very, very good. I truly hope you enjoy making this for your family.


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