Monday, June 29, 2009

On My Hearth: Seven-Layer Gratin

I found a wonderful new-to-me farmers market the other day, the only locally-grown farm in my area! The owner, Sheila, was such a sweetheart, gave us wonderful personal attention (and samples!) and information about her produce. Everything was so beautiful and fresh, I could've loaded down my car with goodies! I scooped up some gorgeous zucchini which I can't wait to use in this casserole tonight.

To make it vegetarian, I'll be substituting Boca crumbles for the ground turkey and to lighten it up, reduced-fat cheese.

Seven-Layer Gratin

6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Bake: 50 minutes


* 3 medium zucchini, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
* 1 yellow squash, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
* 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons dried bread crumbs
* 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
* 1 tablespoon flour
* 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
* 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
* 1 can (8.5 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained
* 1 scallion, trimmed and minced
* 1-1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
* 3/4 cup light cream
* 1/2 pound ground turkey
* 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


1. Heat oven to 350°. In large bowl, mix zucchini, yellow squash, 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs, sage, flour, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and pepper. In blender, puree artichoke hearts, scallion, 1/2 cup of the Swiss cheese, 1/4 cup of the cream, the remaining salt and a pinch of pepper.

2. Spread one-third of the squash mixture over bottom of a shallow 2-quart baking dish. Spread half of the artichoke puree over squash. Top with half of the turkey. Repeat layering; top with the remaining squash mixture.

3. Toss together the remaining 1 cup Swiss cheese, remaining bread crumbs and the Parmesan. Sprinkle evenly over gratin. Drizzle with the remaining 1/2 cup light cream.

4. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until squash is tender and top is golden. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Cynthia said...

I look forward to trying a version of this recipe. I have to say version because if I don't have all of the ingredients I go forward anyway. We are vegetarian,here, except my husband who still likes my meatless meals.

I think your low fat modifications are great. Btw Did you know that Explorer 8 makes it impossible for me to stay on your site? That's why I haven't visited lately...a blogger (Lori Times Five) emailed me about the solution download Mozilla Firefox works.

Also Linda, at Vulture Peak Muse...I get thrown off her place to. Now I'm using 2 browser servers until the problem is resolved...or I get more information.

I thought it was because of a bad internet connection brought about by living here in the tropics. Come over and read a post at Oasis Writing Link (OWL)blog. Where did you get your name from? Do you have long beautiful hair... :-) <3

Rapunzel said...

Cynthia, thanks so much for stopping by!

I, too, substitute ingredients if I don't have exactly what's on hand.

That is so strange about the Explorer issue! Please keep me posted on the outcome!

Well, I do have long hair, not sure how beautiful it is, lol!

I will stop by the OWL Blog, thank you for the invite! :)