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Layered Vegetable Bake

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This recipe is courtesy of Judy Robbins
Ingredients
  Golden potatoes 5 Medium, scrubbed and thinly sliced
  Olive oil 1
  Zucchini 2 Medium, sliced
  Onion 1 Large, sliced
  Cheddar cheese/Colby-jack cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs), shredded
  Heavy cream 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter 1 Tablespoon
  French fried onions 1 Can (10 oz)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
  All purpose seasoning 1
Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly spray a casserole dish with olive oil. Alternate layers of potatoes, onion and zucchini in the dish, lightly seasoning and sprinkling cheese on top of each layer. Do this until the casserole is almost filled. Dot with butter and add the cream. Finish with a sprinkle of cheese and about half the can of french-fried onions. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for the last 15 minutes. Test the potatoes with a fork for tenderness and continue baking, if needed, until tender. Serve with a green salad as a main dish, or as a side dish with a favorite baked ham or chicken recipe.

This recipe was excerpted from the book Everything I Eat Nourishes Me: A Cookbook for Body & Soul by Aline Fourier. To see more great stories and recipes from this book you can purchase her book at www.alinefourierstudio.com.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Side Dish
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Interest: 
Everyday, Gourmet
Cook Time: 
45 Minutes
Story
My mother’s scalloped potatoes were good enough for six hungry children and we took meager comfort from what was offered, but I wanted to refine my cooking and add more seasonings and flavor. I also wanted to create a very different type of life and food experience. Once I got out of the overcooked, mashed and boiled food culture of my mother’s era, I watched and borrowed from every good cook I knew, including my friend, Aline. I studied the subtle flavors in good restaurants and tried to come up with my own recipe at home. It is all part of being an artist and a growing person, being creative with your own hands, observing and absorbing and coming up with your own version. Then you get to watch the pleased reaction of the people who gather in a friendly place and experience the result of your efforts. This is a deceptively simple, delicious dish and could be classified as comfort food.

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