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Zucchini-Mozzarella Bake with Kale Chips

My nieces were over for dinner week and brought us a huge zucchini. I’ve made three different meals and a couple of lunches of it. Today I used the last bits and this is what I prepared:

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Zucchini-mozzarella bake for two

15 cm long piece of a large zucchini, cut into 12 thin slices
125 g mozzarella, cut into thin slices
Olive oil, salt and pepper
1 dl creme fraiche, 2 tbsp tomato pure, thyme and oregano
3 tbsp finely grated Parmesan.
1 tbsp pine nuts

Fry the zucchini slices in olive oil.
Mix together the tomato pure, creme fraiche and herbs.
Grease a small oven pan and pile layers of zucchini, mozzarella and tomato-creme fraiche sauce. Top with zucchini and sprinkle with Parmesan. Put some pine nuts on the top.
Bake in 180 C for 20 minutes.

Kale chips for two
4 kale leaves, 1 tbsp Parmesan, 1 tbsp olive oil
Shred 4 kale leaves and put on baking paper on an oven pan,
Sprinkle thinly with olive oil and and Parmesan.
Bake in 180 C for 10 minutes.

The dish is quite filling and plenty as dinner for two. For four persons it makes a good starter.

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Gnocchi al forno con formaggi e rucola

It is already the second Saturday of the year! We still have winter – 9 C and much snow! It is just about right for nice walks but would love to have some sun. Come February and it comes out. Then we’ll be enjoying long walks on the sea. Yes, on the ice.

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This is a very rich pasta dish and excellent for any occasion. It does not take long to prepare. It’s good in small portions for lunch and an excellent dinner after a day out in the nature. I’ve served it for friends too.
The recipe comes from my favourite magazine Elle mat & vin (Jan-Mars 2011) and the recipe below is a light version of it. I’ve halved the amount of cheese and it is just as delicious. And, now we don’t fall into a coma after dinner ;-).

This is what you need for four portions.
500 gnocchi
Use ready made or of your own. Gnocchi are quite easy to make with a bit of durum flour, cooked potatoes, salt and an egg yolk. Long ago I got a recipe from a colleagues American husband. I was so impressed that they served home-made pasta.

1 packet of spinach or rucola (fresh or frozen, I often replace it with fresh rucola [rocket])
1 packet of mozzarella (125 g)
100 g Gorgonzola cheese or other make of blue cheese
4 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
olive oil

Grease an oven pan and put in the gnocchi and the spinach. You do not need to cook the gnocchi because they have already been cooked. Rip the mozzarella and blue cheese into small pieces with your hands and mix them into the pasta. Grate nutmeg on the mixture and sprinkle with olive oil and Parmesan. Cook for 25 minutes in 200 C.

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