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Eggplant and Zucchini Gratin Eggplant-and-Zucchini-Gratin

Eggplant and Zucchini Gratin (simple version of
ratatouille)

Yield 6-8 servings

1/2 cup or so olive oil
1 large or 2 medium eggplants
1 tablespoon herbes de Provence
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium zucchini, about 1 pound total
3 or 4 ripe tomatoes, about 1 pound total
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

For bread-crumb topping
1/2 cup or so fresh bread crumbs, not too finely ground
1/3 cup or so freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Preparing the vegetables
Arrange the rack on the lower-middle level of the oven and
preheat to 400. Smear a baking sheet generously with 1/3 cup of
the olive oil.
Trim off ends of eggplant and slice on the diagonal into ovals
1/2" thick. One at a time, lay the slices on the sheet, press to
coat lightly with oil and turn them over. Arrange the slices,
oiled side up, in a single layer and sprinkle on 1/2 teaspoon each
of salt and herbs de Provence.

Bake for about 15 minutes until the eggplant slices are soft and
somewhat shriveled; allow to cool briefly. Leave the oven on if
you will be baking the gratin right away.
Meanwhile, trim the ends off the zucchini and cut lengthwise
into slices no more than 1/4" thick. Salt the zucchini and let it sit
for about 15 minutes then wipe the salt & moisture off -
otherwise your casserole can be too watery. Core the tomatoes
and cut into slices 1/4" thick. Spread out the slices and sprinkle
them lightly with 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper.

Assembling the gratin
Film baking dish well with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle a
teaspoon of the dried herbs all over the bottom. Lay one or two
eggplant slices, lengthwise, against a narrow side of the dish.
Arrange a long slice or two of zucchini in from of the eggplant,
then place 2 or 3 tomato slices in front of the zucchine. Repeat
until the pan is full of alternating rows of eggplant, zucchini, and
tomatoes. Arrange each new row of slices so the colorful top
edges of the previous row are still visible.

Topping and baking
Mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan and teaspoon of herbes de
Provence. Add a tablespoon of olive oil, then toss and rub it in
with your fingers to coat the crumbs but keep them loose.
Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the vegetables and drizzle
remaining oil over all.
Place dish in center of oven and bake for 40 minutes until
vegetables are soft, the juices are bubbling, and the top is a deep
golden brown. If the crumbs need more browning you can stick
them under the broiler for a few moments
Serve hot directly from the baking dish.

Note: gratin can be assembled (don't add oil until baking),
covered and refrigerated for several hours. Preheat oven and
drizzle on last olive oil just before baking.


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