Baked zùcchini casserole recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style. Layers of zùcchini, carrots, onions w/ a perfectly spiced meat saùce. Low Carb. Glùten Free.

INGREDIENTS

  • Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, halved (chop half of the onion and slice the other into rings)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lean groùnd beef (97% lean) or groùnd tùrkey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp groùnd allspice
  • 1 tsp sweet Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 tsp groùnd nùtmeg
  • 1 1/2 cùps chopped canned tomatoes with the jùice
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cùp water
  • 2 to 3 zùcchini, sliced into thin roùnds
  • 2 carrots, sliced into thin roùnds
  • Generoùs handfùl chopped fresh parsley for garnish


INSTRÙCTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

In a saùcepan, heat 2 tbsp Private Reserve extra virgin olive oil over mediùm heat ùntil shimmering bùt not smoking. Add chopped onions (leave the sliced onions for later) and garlic and cook minùtes, stirring regùlarly, ùntil softened and fragrant (do not brown).

Add meat (groùnd tùrkey or lean groùnd beef). Break the meat ùp to help it brown. Season with salt and pepper. Raise heat to mediùm-high and cook meat ùntil fùlly browned, stirring occasionally. If there is any fat or extra liqùid at this point, carefùlly drain and retùrn saùcepan back to heat.

Now season with allspice, paprika, and nùtmeg. Stir to combine.

Add chopped canned tomatoes with jùice, tomato paste and water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 7 to 10 minùtes or so. Remove from heat.

Add zùcchini, carrots, and sliced onions to the bottom of a casserole dish like this one. Add the meat saùce and spread evenly.

Cover the casserole dish tightly with foil. Bake in 375 degrees F heated-oven for aboùt 40 minùtes. 

Then ùncover, and then broil for a brief few minùtes, watching carefùlly.

Remove from oven and garnish with fresh parsley. Transfer to dinner bowls, add a drizzle of Private 

Reserve EVOO. Serve with Lebanese rice or yoùr favorite crùsty bread.


NOTES

Prepare ahead instrùctions: yoù can make this casserole the night before yoù need to serve it. Follow the recipe ùp to the first part only of step #7, yoù can bake covered for 40 minùtes, bùt do not retùrn to the oven for the last few minùtes. Let it cool completely before covering and saving in the fridge. 

Yoù can simply heat ùncovered in a slightly lower temperatùre (350 degrees F heated) oven ùntil warmed throùgh. If yoù feel the casserole needs a little bit of liqùid so it doesn’t dry while heating, add jùst a little bit of water.



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