Friday, July 9, 2010

Peaches, Corn, Tomatoes, and Zucchini, Plus A Great Summer Recipe!

We have peaches from Turkey Knob and lots of other fresh produce (tomatoes, berries, zucchini, cabbages, and more!) from Shenandoah Farm Market! Join us this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon!

Don't know what to do with all of your produce?
Try this recipe!

Garden Casserole

- 2 pounds eggplant, peeled
- 5 teaspoons salt, divided
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 medium onions, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 medium zucchini, sliced 1/2 inch thick
- 5 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 celery ribs, sliced
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Cut eggplant into 1/2-in.-thick slices; sprinkle both sides with 3 teaspoons salt. Place in a deep dish; cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water; drain and dry on paper towels.
Cut eggplant into 1/2-in. cubes; saute in oil until lightly browned. Add onions, garlic and zucchini; cook 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, celery, parsley, basil, pepper and remaining salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in Romano cheese. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Combine crumbs and butter; sprinkle on top. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.

** I made my own version of this for dinner last night with summer squash, zucchini, onion, tomato, celery, asparagus, carrots, and parsnips! I used less cheese and bread crumbs, and it was still delicious! Be creative!

- Allyson

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