In Richard Olney's Simple French Food this zucchini and chard casserole has the tongue-tripping name tian de courgettes aux feuilles de blettes. You may substitute des épinards, spinach, for feuilles de blettes, chard. Quite good and a little easier to pronounce.
To begin, you will grease a large casserole with olive oil.
But wait. Before you begin, you will have had to grate, peel, chop, shred, and cook quite a few things by way of preliminary. The zucchini, the spinach, the rice, the cheese, the onions, the parsley -- well, do look below for these little details embedded in the recipe, which assumes that you "have ready,"
- 2 pounds zucchini, grated, salted, and drained of excess liquid
- 2 medium onions, diced and stewed gently in olive oil until soft (this will take about 20 minutes)
- 1 and 1/2 cups cooked rice
- 2 pounds Swiss chard or spinach -- and how on earth does one weigh out pounds of spinach? I used a typical 10-ounce bag, washed, drained, and shredded
- 3 ounces bacon slices, chopped
- 3 large cloves garlic, diced
- 1 large handful parsley, chopped
- 3 eggs
- salt, pepper
- 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling on surface
- 1/3 cup olive oil
Bake at 350 F for 1 hour, turning up heat to 450 F for the last10 minutes.
It makes a huge dish, suitable for a holiday side or as a luxurious contribution to a buffet. And surely it deserves a huge and luxurious wine to go with. Napa chardonnay? French Côtes-du-Rhône? A German riesling ... ah, there. Amusez-vous.