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Summer Veggie Gratin ~ They’re baaa-aaack!

While a Poltergeist II  quote may be a random way to get back in the swing of recipe blogging, that’s just where I am in my life.

As it turns out, working can really take its toll on a girl’s ability to blog sarcastic about pop culture and cooking. And between that and a serious commitment to happy hour, I have been straight up remiss. In any case, I am now officially, as Britney might say, “back, b*tch.” Less with a vengeance and more with a  fantastic veggie dish for your summer pleasure, but that’s for you to decide.

In general, I think eggplants are bruise-colored squishbombs that are only tolerable when covered in marinara sauce and parm. The Chef proved, however, that this simply is not so. After his inaugural trip to the 12 South Farmer’s Market, he whipped up this slightly decadent and totally tasty take on a veggie gratin, and it was crusty, seasonal goodness.

The texture of the veggies in combination with the crunch of the breadcrumbs and kick of the fresh thyme makes this dish bright and – dare I say it – healthy. (I know we generally only make things that involve a vat of cream or butter, but “even a blind squirrel” as Dot would say…)

So there you have it. We’re glad to be “out amongst ya” again, Nummy! Now go forth and gratin.

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Onion mixture
1 onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp olive oil
dash of salt
1 tsp fresh thyme

Veggies all sliced into 1/2-inch circles
2 zucchini
2 yellow tomatoes
2 yellow squash
1 eggplant

Panko/Parm/thyme mix:
1/2 cup of Parmesan
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1 tbsp fresh thyme

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. For the Onion Mixture, saute onions in olive oil in a pan. Add salt. Once softened, add garlic and thyme. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Combine zucchini, squash and eggplant in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Place tomatoes on a plate and season with salt and pepper. (The Chef says the seasoning are the most important, so don’t skimp with the S&P.)
  5. Spread onions on the bottom of a casserole dish. Layer veggies over the onions. Top with panko mix.
  6. Bake for 40 minutes.
  7. After 40 minutes, turn the oven up to 500 and cook for 10 minutes, until golden brown.
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Fried Green Tomato Salad with Sweet Chili Dressing

Though spring is taking way too long to get here, we thought we’d tee up this spicy/sweet Southern treat for you so that you’ll be ready when the unparalleled Ripley tomatoes finally appear at your local farmers market. This is a great spin on classic FGT, and any self-respecting Southern lady simply must know how to fry one.
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On a related note, I would be remiss if I did not include a quote from the movie of the same name that Dunny so expertly worked into an e-mail the other day: “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” Ouiser Boudreaux (and for that matter Sara Dunigan), you are a woman after my own heart.
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Fried Green Tomatoes
3 green tomatoes
1/2 cup AP flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
1/4 milk
2 beaten eggs
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
1/3 vegetable oil
1 tsp pf salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
large pinch of chili powder
mixed greens for salad
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  1. Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Season both side with salt, pepper and chili powder and let sit while you prepare dressing.
  2. Make dressing and prep the the breading bowls. You will need 3 bowls with the following:
    1. seasoned flour
    2. milk and eggs mixed and
    3. panko
  3. Heat a large skillet with oil over medium high heat.
  4. Dip tomato slices in flour, then egg/milk mixture, then panko.
  5. Fry slices in skillet 3-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Dress and serve on top of salad greens.
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Sweet Chili Dressing
2 tbl bottled sweet chili sauce (The Chef likes Mae Ploy)
2 tbl ketchup
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbl sugar
2 tbl water
2 tbl lime juice
2 tsp chopped cilantro leaves
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  1. Mix all ingredients together and dress those ‘maters.

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