1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2-3 pounds small potatoes, cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
12 ounces yellow crookneck squash, cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
6 teaspoons olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x12-inch baking dish. Set aside 1/4 cup sliced green onions. Toss remaining green onions, cheese, flour, thyme, salt and pepper in medium bowl to blend.
2. Layer 1/3 of potatoes in bottom of prepared pan, overlapping slightly. Layer 1/2 of squash atop potatoes. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle with 1/3 of cheese mixture. Repeat with 1/3 of potatoes, remaining squash and 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle with 1/3 of cheese mixture. Top with remaining potatoes. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil. Sprinkle with remaining cheese mixture and press gently to flatten.
3. Cover pan with foil. Bake until potatoes are almost tender, about 40-50 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered until torte begins to brown and potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes longer.
4. Sprinkle torte with 1/4 cup green onions, cut into pieces, and serve.
This recipe is inspired by Epicurious.com. Sadly it sort of fell apart when I was plating it for pictures, but it was amazing. At the first bite Art declared “You have got to make this again!” The squash and potato worked very well together. I used a mixture of fresh and dried thyme since my thyme plant didn’t have quite enough for the recipe. It added great flavor.
Lance enjoyed this more than a typical gratin because it was much drier and not quite as creamy or cheesy. Don’t skimp on the salt, it really helps to bring out the flavors of the potatoes.
This recipe would work quite well with any summer squash such as zucchini or pattypan. Feel free to use a mandolin for the potatoes and squash if you have one, otherwise consider this recipe good practice for your knife skills.
Shown here with Mustard Tarragon Grilled Chicken.