The first post for this week's food challenge item wasn't enough. I wasn't overly satisfied. So I am revisiting the zucchini affair.
I like to set my ingredients out and my surface prepared before I set to work. I find it is more efficient that way.
Honestly, there is nothing like having to add the freshly cut garlic,
like, immediately and finding that not only is the garlic still nestled
in its layers of blankets, but your favorite cutting knife is sitting
in the sink, dirty from the beef you prepped earlier.
And, no -- I am not speaking from experience.
So, I wasn't sure what I was going with this. But in addition to the zuchinni I added squash.
What is it about zuchinni and squash? It's one of the perfect couples of the culinary world. Like salt and pepper. Eggs and bacon. Butter and Toast. Peanut Butter and Jelly (*it's peanut butter jelly time*).
Before I set out on this dish, which is basically a timbale, I thought about plating. I went with spinach, which I wilted in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil and garlic.
For the timbale, though, you need chunky, circular cuts of the zucchini and squash. I also decided to add some mushrooms to the mix with a little bit of salt.
Interestingly, this recipe required little salt at all. I actually could have done without it.
Like, a lot.
I wanted to give the zucchini and squash the essence of parsley, keeping some of the pieces of parsley on the vegetables for the baking.
After boiling the vegetables in the broth, I set them out on a paper towel, intending to try and dry them a bit. There is nothing like a soggy timbale.
...actually, there is. Ever had wet bread? Not appetizing.
I also mixed some ricotta cheese with roasted tomatoes -- which had been roasted with garlic and basil. Sad to say, I did not roast them myself.
I also sauteed the mushrooms. Next came the layering.
Layer by layer, in no particular order, I build the timbales in ramekins. I then added them to a pan that had a layer of water added to submerge the ramekins by about 1/4 of their height.
Into the oven for about 35 minutes on 400.
Now, I could not resist adding some shrimp to aid with the plating, which -- along with the spinach mix -- contributed to the texture and protein quotient.
Look how lovely that is! Perfect for Valentine's Day. Hint, hint!
Who's That Girl
- Create. Snap. Eat.
- WHO'S THAT GIRL: A higher education obsessed foodie who is documenting her life in the kitchen. I love to cook delicious, gourmet-style foods for those I love and always welcome a challenge in the kitchen. With that challenge comes an impromptu nature. I tend to avoid following recipes to the exact, so you are not likely to find very many posted here. Being that I am a Libra and am learning to be free in the kitchen, the story always goes, "A pinch of this and a smattering of that!" Thank you for visiting -- and happy reading!
High Traffic Posts
Yeah! It's time to make some Louisiana style catfish and shrimp! Just let me get my handy dandy Louisiana Fish Fry and let's ge...
I was quite impressed with my recent Trader Joe's purchase of two thick cuts of sashimi grade ahi tuna. The look alone is so perfec...
Oooh, a culinary mashup! Haddock and bean sprouts seem to have nothing in common. That was my thought. But do keep reading. What woul...
I cannot say that I was excited about using uncooked flour tortillas. I had never purchased uncooked flour tortilla before. I figured tha...
I have been enjoying Milton's Healthy Multi-Grain Bread for many months now. I have decided that not only is it my favorite multi-grain...
There is this amazingly rich dish that is quite popular here -- Mariscos Chihuahua 's camarones culichi. In the many, many years I hav...
French toast. Blue agave syrup. An egg. Those three simple ingredients were met with so many Oohs and Ahhs. And why not? The slightly ch...
Oh, goat cheese, how I love your smooth, pungent flavor. This was my first time purchasing the Private Selection Crumbled Goat Cheese -...
Quiche -- it can be vegan or vegetarian, hearty or mild, sweet or savory (through traditionally savory), hot or cold. What a wondrous, versa...
This office challenge item was long overdue. One of the student workers in my office requested this months ago. "Be sure to cook...