I belong to a group called Ina’s Garden . We love Ina Garten’s recipes, and ‘meet’ on the first and third Thursdays of every month to share our experiences with them. We would love for you to join us.
This time we are making Ina’s Zucchini recipes, particularly her Zucchini Gratin, chosen by Peggy of Pantry Revisited. I always enjoy Ina Garten’s recipes, and this one is no exception. Having made my own potato gratin, and variations on it for many years, I was not sure how you could use a vegetable like zucchini and get the same comforting and delicious effect. However, if you leave it to Ina you can make an incredible side dish using this wonderful vegetable.
I followed her recipe absolutely to the letter this time, and it really did give an amazing result. Tender zucchini, great spices and a gorgeous cheesy topping made it fantastic.
The only thing I would mention is that next time I would use a combination of cheeses instead of just Gruyere. As I live in England, we get our Gruyere directly from Switzerland and it is often very strong (much strong than the imported Gruyere I grew up with in North America). My version of Ina’s gratin had a distinctly strong cheese smell to it, and it did make me hesitate a bit. Now I know Ina spends a good deal of time in Europe and is very familiar with its cheeses, so perhaps this was intentional. However my son and I are not keen on strong cheese, so I would probably mix half Gruyere, half cheddar the next time – or perhaps use Emmental or Swiss cheese instead as it is just that little bit milder. On the other hand, my husband, who grew up in France, loved the recipe just as it was, and asserted his opinion that mixing the cheeses is absolutely not necessary! Either way, I will definitely be making this recipe again 🙂
You can find it here at The Food Network, and I urge you to try it as soon as possible. It really is wonderful – in fact, it is so good I would be very happy to serve it at the most formal of dinner parties.
The next time we meet, on Thursday July 21st, we will be baking! The theme is Sweet Baked Love as chosen by Mia of Bright Morning Star. Any of Ina’s wonderful recipes for baked goods would be very, very welcome.
Today we would love to hear about your experiences with Ina’s Zucchini Gratin, or any of her other Zucchini recipes. You can find suggestions for recipes to try here, at the Ina’s Garden hub. Please join us and link up here. We would also be very grateful if you would link back to one of the hostess’ blogs or the main Ina’s Garden site. If you have any questions at all, please email me.
Thank you from your hostesses,
April of The 21st Century Housewife an