Summer squash and zucchini gratin

Our squash and zucchini are officially dominating the garden this season, meaning I’m having to come up with new ways to use both.

Tonight I followed a simple traditional gratin method with great success.

It’s hard to measure out the exact amounts you’ll need for this recipe, but I used two one-pound (or so) summer squashes picked right from the garden and half of a giant two-pound, 11-ounce “zucchini” bomb, also straight from the garden.

What you’ll need for four hungry people:

  • Two medium summer squashes
  • One large zucchini, or half of a monster zucchini
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups panko breading
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • garlic pepper (or use 1:1 garlic powder and black pepper)
  • kosher salt

What to do:

  1. Slice the onion thinly and separate into rings. Heat up the sunflower or olive oil in a pan and saute over medium heat for five minutes, or until soft.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the squash and zucchini into 1/4-inch slices. Layer them, squash-zucchini-squash, in a 9×12 glass pan. Lightly salt each layer before putting the next on.
  4. Season the top layer with garlic pepper.
  5. Melt half of the stick of butter. Drizzle the melted butter over the layers, then top with the sauteed onion.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, mix the panko, cheese and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic pepper. Melt the remaining half stick of butter and mix into the panko mixture with a fork until it takes on a coarse, even texture.
  8. Top the vegetables with the panko mixture and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

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