We like to call this summer in a dish at our house. It's not your usual zucchini casserole. It's a big hit at home and for potlucks. Never any leftovers. This will be a summertime tradition at your house also. Once you try it you're hooked!
This is a modified version of a recipe in Family Circle Magazine. The original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of pine nuts. I don't care for them so I used a can of cannellini beans instead. I also added a little more cheese than the original recipe.
This pie is so good I actually ASK people to give me zucchini so I can make it. If you like pumpkin pie, you will probably enjoy this pie as well. (In fact, when fall rolls around, this is the recipe I use to make my pumpkin pies.) The original recipe is from my husband's great aunt Gin. I have found it works well to freeze the puree for winter use. I just warm it slightly in the microwave before adding it to the other ingredients. That way it will be more like when I make it with freshly cooked zucchini. I have also found it works fine to use a can of sweetened condensed milk in place of the evaporated milk, sugar and honey.
A simple marinated zucchini salad from Italy.
The zucchini is uncooked but through marinating and the use of plenty of lemon juice the zucchini acquires an "al dente"/semi-cooked texture. I only make this recipe at the peak of zucchini season in summer when quality and selection are best. From Mediterranean Light. Especially good with fresh basil!
You can prepare this casserole the night before and bake it the following morning, or prepare it in the morning to have for dinner! You can really use any amount of cheeses for this recipe, and you can increase the amount of sausage also, small pork breakfast sausages can be used in place of Italian sausage, you won't have to remove them from the casings, just cook them and then crumble.... this casserole is worth making, it's delicious!
This is the easiest side dish you will ever make! Everyone we have ever served this to cannot believe there are only 2 ingredients. Even non-zucchini lovers will come back for seconds. We use the exact same recipe for asparagus.