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Food Focus: Zucchini (and a recipe for Cheesy Zucchini Casserole!) from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

One of the most ubiquitous summer fruits, the zucchini (cucurbita pepo) is a long, green summer squash of Italian origin with many culinary uses. It’s usually prepared as a vegetable in savory dishes like ratatouille, casseroles and fritters, but it can also be shredded and used in sweeter dishes like zucchini bread. The best zucchini to purchase (or pick, if you have a garden of your own) are less than 8 inches long. This means the squash is immature and the seeds are still soft. Larger zucchini (They can grow up to a few feet in length!) tend to be more fibrous and woody than their smaller and more tender counterparts.

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Zucchini is a healthful, low-calorie fruit containing folate, potassium and vitamin A. Like many other fruits and vegetables, much of the nutritional value is found in the peel, so keep it on to get all the nutrients you can. One whole zucchini is only 16 calories!

Zucchini squash blossoms are also edible. These grow directly on the plant and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are commonly stuffed with soft cheeses and fried. If you can find them, the flowers are a beautiful summer treat.

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Cheesy Zucchini and Squash Casserole

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound zucchini squash, thinly sliced
1 pound yellow squash, thinly sliced
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup seasoned Panko crumbs
1 Tablespoon butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; cook 2 minutes. Stir in squash, cooking an additional 4 minutes or until squash is tender.
Beat egg and sour cream in large bowl until well blended. Stir in cheeses, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir in squash mixture. Pour into 8x8-inch baking dish.
Stir crumbs and butter in small bowl. Sprinkle over casserole.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown and casserole is cooked through.
If using a countertop oven, use middle rack for baking.
To speed food prep, use a food processor to chop, mince, slice and shred.
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This savory breakfast casserole is made like a strata; you add all the ingredients and let it meld overnight so the bread soaks and the sausage infuses its flavor into the other ingredients. In the morning, you just place the slow cooker crock into the base and let it cook, creating a succulent dish perfect for a family or a crowd. This would be a perfect dish for a holiday morning to serve out-of-town guests or extended family. Just cook the casserole in your Slow Cooker, and you can serve directly from the crock, making cleanup a breeze.

Breakfast Sausage Casserole from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach


Slow Cooker Breakfast Sausage Casserole

1 pound ground pork sausage, hot flavor
1 medium red bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, chopped
8 slices hearty white bread, crusts removed and cubed
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
10 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 drops hot pepper sauce
Place sausage in stovetop-safe cookware or large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until browned.
Add red peppers and onions. Cook until crisp-tender. Drain fat. Reserve half of sausage mixture. Arrange remaining mixture in an even layer.
Add bread cubes and half of cheese in even layer over sausage mixture in stove-top cookware.
Top with remaining sausage mixture and cheese.
Combine beaten eggs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, black pepper and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl. Whisk until well blended. Pour over layers in stove-top cookware. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Place covered stovetop-safe cookware in base.
Cook on HIGH 2 to 2 1/2 hours or LOW 4 to 6 hours until mixture is thoroughly cooked.
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