Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Zucchini Gratin

Okay, so it's been a year since I added a new recipe.  I've been a bit busy elsewhere including publishing a book during that time. I ran across this recipe, however, and had to try it as we eat a lot of zucchini.

We are already thinking of great ways to use it and pair it....with risotto, shredding the zucchini into long strands like spaghetti and add some pasta with it, too. 

You might have some ideas. 

Tonight's pairing was with grilled chicken breast.  

I doubt the leftovers will be around for long.  It is THAT good!

4 T. butter
4 large zucchini, sliced
4 medium shallots, minced
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 t. oregano
green onions for garnish

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Melt butter.  Add shallots and garlic.  Cook till translucent, a minute or two.

Add zucchini, cream, salt, pepper, oregano and parmesan cheese.

Let mixture cook 8-10 minutes.  Do not leave it alone.  Stir it the entire time till mixture thickens and bubbly.

Keep mixing while cooking. Add cheddar cheese, and mix till blended.

Transfer mixture to greased 9x13 dish.   Lightly sprinkle with more cheddar cheese.

Bake 10-14 minutes till cheese is bubbly.

Top with green onions.  

Serves 4

Sunday, January 5, 2014

White Chicken Chili

Folks here in Georgia are cold…..colder than normal, and over the next couple of days the forecast states we are going to have a short period sleet/freezing rain that will be followed by a dramatic drop in temperatures and high winds. Temperatures are going down, down, down below freezing and are expected to stay there for two to three days.

It’s PERFECT soup weather.
The Mister tried this recipe yesterday. We had it for dinner last night night and again for lunch today.

It’s a keeper!

2 (14.5-ounce) cans white beans
1 tablespoon canola oil

1 medium jalapeno pepper, minced
2 medium poblano peppers, chopped

1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 limes, juiced, plus lime wedges, for serving

1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves

Sour cream, for topping
Tortilla chips, coarsely crushed, for topping


Drain and rinse the canned white beans. In a medium bowl, mash half of the beans with a potato masher until chunky. Reserve the beans until needed.

Add the canola oil to a large Dutch oven and heat it over medium-high heat. Add the peppers, onions, and garlic and saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Season the vegetables with salt, and pepper, to taste. Add the cumin, coriander, and chili powder and continue to saute for 1 more minute to toast the spices. Stir in the chicken stock, and lime juice and bring to a simmer. Add the beans and continue to simmer for 20 more minutes.

After 20 minutes of simmering, taste for seasoning, and adjust if necessary. Stir in the shredded rotisserie chicken and cilantro and simmer until heated through, about 5 more minutes. Serve the chili in individual bowls topped with a dollop of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips, and lime wedges.

A little shredded Monterey Jack added to your bowl or cup is nice, too! 

Serves 4-6
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