Monday, April 20, 2015

Uncle Johnny's Legendary Zucchini Parmesan

Zucchini Parmesan
     This past January my family lost another beloved member my Uncle Johnny. He was an amazing man. Kind hearted, sweet, friendly, and willing to help anyone. He was a gardener, a woodworker, and a fantastic cook. A man that had such an infectious laugh that as soon as you met him you felt at home. He was also the inspiration for my Children’s Book; Paul And The Porch Gnome, which is also on this blog. One of my favorite dishes of his was his Zucchini Parmesan. It is a simple dish so quick and easy to make and full of flavor. My mother, his sister, never made this for us because Uncle Johnny’s was so good and he only lived next door that when he did make it he would always bring some over for us.  A fantastic Italian cook he was that this dish is just the tip of the iceberg to what he could do. Please enjoy this fantastic simple recipe that means more than the ingredients that make it up.  Zucchini Parmesan.
  • 3 medium zucchini cut into 1/3 inch slices
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Marinara
  • Preheat Oven 350
1.       After slicing your zucchini into 1/3 inch slices place a bit of marinara of your choice into a 9 x 9 pan.
2.       Lay down a layer of sliced zucchini.
3.       Top with some shredded mozzarella and parmesan.
4.       Drizzle some marinara over and begin layering in the same order as above
5.       One you reach the top sprinkle more mozzarella and parmesan.
6.       Cover with tinfoil and bake in oven for 60 minutes.
      As I eat this I will always think you of Uncle Johnny. Summers spending time next door, helping plant, working in the basement, and cooking. Miss you every day.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Serves: 4-5

A young Uncle Johnny Sainato

Hard working in the yard

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