Summer Vegetable Casserole

Courtesy of Miss Pauline Newton

Ingredients:                                        Serves 4 – 6

  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ lb bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lb zucchini or yellow squash, or a mix of the two
  • 1 lb eggplant, peeled and diced (salt and drain for about 30 minutes to improve browning)
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 Tablespoon flour
  • 2 cups peeled and diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 6 ounces Jarlsburg or Emmanthaler cheese, grated

Directions:

Sauté almonds with bacon in a large skillet until lightly browned; remove from skillet. Add squash, eggplant, and onion, cover and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Sprinkle in flour; add tomatoes with juice, garlic, salt, pepper and dried or fresh basil.

In a 2-quart casserole dish, layer 1/3 of vegetable mixture, 1/4 of almond bacon mix, and ½ of the grated cheese, repeat twice more but end with a ring of the almond bacon mixture on top.

Bake in a 400-degree oven, uncovered, for 30 – 35 minutes until bubbly throughout.