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Gratin of Zucchini & Tomatoes

From: EatingWell

Two of summer's stellar vegetables are layered here, along with a few other choice ingredients, to make a delicious baked gratin. As soon as it's pulled from the oven, fresh Parmesan cheese is sprinkled over the top.

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins
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3 cloves  garlic, crushed
2/3 cup  fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon  fresh thyme leaves
2 cups  fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs, (see Tip), divided
1/2 cup  finely chopped sweet onion, such as Vidalia
3   large ripe tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon  red-wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon  salt , divided
3 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil , divided
3   medium zucchini, (about 1 3/4 pounds total), sliced on the bias about 1/4 inch thick
  Freshly ground pepper, to taste
3/4 cup  freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish (or similar gratin dish) with cooking spray.
2. Place garlic, basil and thyme on your chopping board; mince well. Spread half the breadcrumbs evenly in the prepared baking dish. Strew onion over the breadcrumbs. Distribute half the diced tomato over the onion, then sprinkle with half the garlic-herb mixture. Sprinkle with vinegar and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a third of the zucchini; you want it to saute, not stew, so don't crowd it. Saute, turning the pieces once, until golden and not quite tender, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes per side. When the slices are done, use a fork to transfer them to the gratin, overlapping the slices. Cook the remaining zucchini in two batches, each time using 2 teaspoons oil. Strew the remaining tomatoes and garlic-herb mixture over the zucchini. Season with the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and a grinding of pepper. Toss the remaining 1 cup breadcrumbs with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and sprinkle over the gratin.
4. Bake the gratin until bubbly hot, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with Parmesan.
To make fresh breadcrumbs:
Trim crusts from firm sandwich bread. Tear bread into pieces and process in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. One slice of bread makes about 1/3 cup crumbs.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 302, Total Fat 15 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat 9 g, Cholesterol 7 mg, Sodium 514 mg, Carbohydrate 31 g, Fiber 7 g, Protein 12 g, Potassium 885 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 40%, Vitamin C 80%, Calcium 20%. Exchanges: Starch 1.5,Vegetable 2,Medium-Fat Meat 0.5,Fat 2.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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