Are you as obsessed with Chef John at Food Wishes as I am? He is hi-larious and super informative. You want to know how to make the perfect lava cake for your then-boyfriend (now fiancé) for V-Day? Not a problem, Chef John has you covered! You are in the mood for a no-fail chocolate Bundt cake with a side of sarcasm? No worries, Chef John has you equally covered! You have a ridiculous amount of un-planned zucchini in your refrigerator? Thank goodness, Chef John had me covered with his Zucchini and Ricotta Casserole!
I’m not the biggest zucchini fan. Futhermore, my fiancé isn’t a zucchini fan. Moreover don’t ask why I have 15 pounds of it in my refrigerator. In truth I don’t know the answer to this completely logical question. I do know, however, that I am a huge fan of this casserole. Boring, slimy zucchini be gone!
The baked ricotta atop the perfectly seasoned and cooked zucchini in this dish is really something you have to eat to believe. I wish I had added more mint. Chef John said to pack it in, but I was skeptical about zucchini and mint. On this occasion I was wrong. Zucchini and mint are in fact an amazing pairing. What did we learn here? Chef John is always right.
So, in conclusion, I don’t want to hear the excuse, “I don’t like zucchini,” until you have tried this fabulous zucchini and ricotta casserole. And did I mention it took me less than 5 minutes to prep? Five whole minutes and then into the oven it went. Mindboggling.
I served it with the leftover Lemon-Pepper Chicken from my Summer Pea Pasta. Undoubtedly the fastest dinner of the whole week! More time for
The Real Housewives of Orange County reading War and Peace.
UPDATE: I ate the leftovers (still yum, btw) with boiled yellow corn cut off the cob. Yeah, it was amazing. The sweet corn just added to the dish. Holy Wow. Just thought you should know.
It is important for me to note that, while I did watch trashy, reality TV last night, I have actually read War and Peace. Tolstoy is my favorite Russian author. Fun fact.