Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Broiled Zucchini and Potatoes with Parmesan Crust

I'm officially tired!  This stretch from Christmas vacation until now was waaaay too long!  My kids will finally be on Spring Break starting friday!  Not that my week with them is going to be anything like a vacation, but just to not be so "on" will be a nice change for me.  I'm looking forward to lazy mornings and cuddle times with my youngest.  Oh, and having a full cup of coffee without re-heating it ten times...those are the little things that will be so nice!
Anyway, this is all I've got for the week.   I know it's not much, but it really is a great side dish for just about anything.  I served it with my prosciutto wrapped stuffed chicken breasts.  The photo doesn't show the crispy parmesan crust because I literally threw them in the serving dish so we could eat!

Broiled Zucchini and Potatoes with Parmesan Crust { adapted from Giada's Kitchen Cookbook}

INGREDIENTS: {serves 4}
  • 6 small new potatoes {red or white, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter}
  • 2 Tbsp. butter {I used just a little more to get a nice the veggies nice and brown}
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and then in 1-inch pieces
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat.  Add the potatoes and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes.  Drain the potatoes and let cool.  When cool, cut the potatoes in half.  
Place a medium saute pan over medium heat.  Add the butter, garlic, thyme, and rosemary and heat until the butter melts, about 2 minutes.  Meanwhile, season the cut surfaces of the zucchini and potatoes with salt and pepper.  Carefully place the zucchini and potatoes cut side down in the melted butter.  Cook until golden brown, 12-15 minutes.  
Preheat the broiler.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  Place the browned zucchini and potatoes on the baking sheet cut side up.  Sprinkle the tops wit the Parmesan.  Broil until the cheese is golden brown, about 4 minutes.  Transfer to a plate and serve.  

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