Sunday, February 24, 2019

Zucchini & Yellow Squash Au Gratin

Zucchini & Yellow Squash Au Gratin
Serves 6

1 large yellow squash
1 large zucchini
2 shallots, minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic or 1 clove
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon oregano
9 slices Sargento Thin Sliced Provolone
3-4 Tablespoons (4 Tablespoons is 1/4 cup) Fresh Grated Parmesan

I started by using my mandoline to slice the squash 1/4 inch thick. Then I layered them in our baking dish -- 1 row of yellow squash and then a layer of zucchini -- I ended up with 4 rows on the bottom and 4 rows on the top.

In a small skillet or pan, add the butter and shallots and let them saute until translucent. Then add in the garlic and oregano. Let it cook a minute or two. Finally, add in the cream and Parmesan just until bubbly. Pour over the squash.

Cover with the slices of cheese -- I had two rows of 4 slices, and tore the remaining slice into 4 pieces and placed those extras in the corners where I had some squash showing. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes. We enjoy our cheese really brown -- so it was perfect for us, but if you like yours less brown cut the cooking time back by a few minutes and check it.

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Keto Chicken Parm

Keto Chicken Parm
2 servings

1 Chicken Breast - we buy them in bulk and cut them in half down the middle of the breast into more of a cutlet size
6 slices Sargento Thin Sliced Provolone
2 slices Sargento Sliced Mozzarella
Olive Oil
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
Salt & Pepper

1 small (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt & pepper to taste

Place all of the ingredients for the sauce into a small saucepan, and let them simmer over low heat while the chicken is cooking.

In a baking dish, put about a tablespoon of olive oil down on the pan. Then place the chicken pieces on top, and sprinkle with a bit of - salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Turn the chicken over and sprinkle with the same spices. Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes or until it is cooked through - we shoot for 160 degrees.

Once the chicken is done, pull it out of the oven. Spread some of the sauce on the top, generously -- but you won't use all of the sauce. Then place 3 folded slices of provolone and 1 of mozzarella on top. Place it back in the oven - you can either let it bake for a few minutes or you can broil it to get the cheese a bit darker.

I served this with a homemade Caesar salad with no croutons.

For the salad dressing, I use:

1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
4-5 tablespoons of olive oil

Mix everything in a large bowl except for the oil -- whisk it together. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking the dressing into an emulsion. You can taste along the way to see if you want your dressing a little more tart or if you need more oil. Mix in Romaine lettuce and grated Parmesan - I tend to use freshly grated, but the Kraft version is fine -- you just want slivers of parm and not the powder for this.

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Keto Creme Brulee

Keto Creme Brulee

4 egg yolks
2 cups of heavy cream
1 tablespoon of Swerve granulated sweetener

1-2 teaspoons of Swerve granulated sweetener for the topping of each serving

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl; mix the egg yolks, heavy cream, and Swerve together with a whisk.

Divide into containers -- the original recipe said that the mixture made 4 servings... but that seemed a bit much for us. Additionally, I bought a creme brulee set with the torch from Bed Bath and Beyond for $20 -- if you do that though -- make sure you get the butane from them when you buy it because it didn't come with the set. Anyway -- our mixture became 7 servings -- we had the 4 vessels that came with the set -- and 3 from frozen creme brulee that I had gotten previously from H-E-B.

Place your containers in an oven-safe casserole dish with sides. Pour in about 1-2 cups boiling water until it's about 1/2 way up the sides of your creme brulee servings. Bake for 30 minutes or until it's set. Ours were a little jiggly when we pulled them from the oven.

I immediately took them out of the water bath, placed them on a sheet tray, and put them into the refrigerator. When we ate them last night - I wished that they had been able to have more time in the fridge because I love the cold custard underneath the warm sugar.

Before serving - sprinkle the top with 1-2 teaspoons of Swerve and use your torch to brown them OR if needed place your oven rack as close to the top as you can and use the broiler to brown the sugar. If you use your broiler -- watch it the entire time because it can burn really quickly.

I served mine with two sliced strawberries as seen in the picture -- but you could put some whipped cream on it as well.
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