Recipe Box, Summer Comfort Sides

After last weekend’s party, and all that wonderful food we had, I couldn’t wait to whip up some light summer vegetable dishes.

My idea of comfort food is casseroles, especially veggie mixtures in a creamy or cheesy sauce.  Hmmmmmm, that doesn’t sound very light does it?

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This zucchini dish was heaven and it was basically put together by odds and ends on hand.  It actually started out as Vidalia Onion Dip…  Don’t ask!

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Cook some bacon and reserve the drippings

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Use the drippings to saute an onion and a garlic clove,  and then add zucchini

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and some leftover roasted corn, cut off the cob

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beat 2 eggs

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Get out some cheese~

Now, I must confess, I am a Parmesan and a pimento cheese SNOB, but this Pawley’s Island SC version, called Palmetto Cheese, is most delicious and it is an acceptable substitute for homemade.  I found this at Costco.  This shredded Italian mix by Sargento is also acceptable in a pinch~ and I was feeling pinched!

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Mix it all together

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season with salt and pepper and bake

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Dreamy, hot and cheesy!  I feel comforted now, do you?

Okay, let’s try this again…

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Grill some sliced zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant and peppers

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Toss the chopped grilled veggies with some yellow cherry tomatoes and prepared pearl couscous in a large bowl

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Drizzle with a little of your favorite balsamic vinaigrette and

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Dig in!  I was trying to be a little healthier with this dish, but it’s stellar with some diced fresh mozzarella….just FYI...This salad will keep for several days in the refrigerator.  It would be great to pack in a jar for lunch on the go or for a picnic.

Here are the recipes:

ZUCCHINI MELANGE  for a printable version click here

2 medium zucchini, washed, halved and sliced into moons

2 ears cooked fresh corn, cut from the cob

2-4 slices bacon cooked, reserving drippings

1 medium sweet onion, diced

2 eggs, beaten

1 clove garlic, diced

1/3 cup pimento cheese or palmetto cheese, or grated cheddar

2 oz shredded Parmesan or Italian cheese blend

Cook bacon and reserve drippings.  Saute onion and until transparent in drippings.  Add garlic and zucchini and cook until zucchini is soft and tender.  Turn into a deep baking dish.  Mix in corn, bacon cheeses and eggs.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or until set.  Makes 4 large servings
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GRILLED VEGETABLE & COUSCOUS SALAD  for a printable version click here
1 medium eggplant, sliced
1 medium zucchini, sliced vertically into 1/4 inch slices
1 large yellow squash, sliced verticlly into 1/4 inch slices
sweet peppers cut into large pieces
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
2 cups prepared pearl couscous
Brush vegetables with olive oil and grill until done.  Mix in sliced cherry tomatoes and prepared couscous.  Toss with balsamic vinaigrette to taste.  Season.  Serve immediately or refrigerate for several days.  Makes 4-6 servings
Note: Top salad with fresh sliced mozzarella or fresh Parmesan shavings right before serving if desired.
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9 Responses to “Recipe Box, Summer Comfort Sides”
  1. lulu says:

    It has been so warm the last week that cooking has been kept to a minimum. To avoid adding more heat inside, the grill has been fired up again and again to grill veggies and maybe a bit of meat. I love the idea of adding the veggies to couscous and will add your recipe to my list of foods to prepare.

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  2. FABBY says:

    AMAZINGggggggg!!!!!!!!!!! This is my kinda food! Thanks so much for the récipes, I’m making it pretty son! Thanks for your sweet and kind visit sweet friend and enjoy a wonderful Summer BBQ weekend.
    FABBY

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  3. Both your dishes look wonderful!

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  4. Everything looks wonderful and perfect for summer!!! 🙂
    Kenley

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  5. Mary says:

    Love your two versions Jenna! Your couscous salad looks perfect for filling a jar for a picnic on the boat…we just need boating weather and no rain…*sigh*. Our grocery store sells Palmetto Cheese, it’s my hubby’s new favorite 🙂

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  6. Omgosh love it all. Great way to get veggies in. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  7. Looks delicious! I love that large pearl couscous! Thanks for stopping by to say hello!
    -Shelley

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  8. Shawna says:

    I have in my refrigerator a bag of zucchini and I am going to try this casserole. It’s so different with the pimento cheese. Thank you for sharing it on BBQ Block Party.

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  9. Jo and Sue says:

    Stopping by From the Easy Life BBQ Block Party – These dishes all look so yummy! Thank you for sharing them. 🙂

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