Parmesan Roasted Zucchini
Adapted from Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten
Jeffrey adores zucchini with garlic and Parmesan. This is an easy recipe with lots of flavor and I love the texture of toasted panko on top. You can serve it hot out of the oven or at room temperature as part of a buffet, where a big platter of roasted zucchini looks gorgeous.
6 medium zucchini (21⁄2 to 3 pounds total)
Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil leaves
1⁄2 cup freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese
3⁄4 cup panko (Japanese bread flakes)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Trim the stem end of the zucchini, cut them in half lengthwise, and scoop out a small channel of seeds with a regular teaspoon. Place the zucchini in one layer on a sheet pan, brush generously all over with olive oil, and turn the zucchini cut side down. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and roast for 12 to 15 minutes, until just tender but still firm when tested with the tip of a small paring knife.
Meanwhile, make the bread crumbs. In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, parsley, basil, Parmesan, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper. Add the panko and 31⁄2 tablespoons of oil and mix well.
Turn the zucchini cut side up and spoon a heaping tablespoon of the panko mixture evenly on each zucchini. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until the panko is crispy. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.
MAKE AHEAD Prepare the zucchini and the crumb mixture separately and refrigerate for up to a day. Roast before serving.
Recipe: Kosher, dairy