Naptime’s Baked Zucchini and Tomatoes, with Roasted Sausage

adapted from Edible Vineyard June/July 2009


For Bread Crumb Mixture:

3 T. toasted pine nuts, roughly chopped
¾ c. unflavored breadcrumbs
¾ c. grated Parmigiano cheese

For the Vegetables:

8 T. good olive oil
1 yellow onion, peeled and very finely sliced
1 red pepper, cored and thinly sliced
¾ lb. medium tomatoes, cut in half and thinly sliced
½ lb. zucchini, thinly sliced
3 T. sundried tomatoes, finely chopped

For the Dressing:

2 t. balsamic vinegar
2 t. honey
1 T. fresh mint, chopped
1 T. fresh basil, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 375. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with olive oil.
2. In a small bowl mix breadcrumbs, cheese and chopped pine nuts. Add 2 t. olive oil and mix well. Set aside.
3. In skillet heat 2 T. olive oil, add the onions and peppers and a pinch of salt. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the peppers and onions are wilted browned. Remove from heat and cool.
4. Spread the pepper/onion mixture onto the bottom of the pan, making sure it coats the pan evening in one layer. On top of this spread the finely chopped sundried tomatoes and ½ of the mint/basil herb mixture.
5. In a separate bowl whisk together the vinegar, honey, 1 T. olive oil, remaining herbs and a pinch of salt. Add the sliced zucchini slices and toss to coat.
6. To assemble to the tomato and zucchini slice proceed as follows: At one of the baking dish start arranged alternate rows of zucchini slices and tomato slices, slightly overlapping each other. Every time you finish a row sprinkle some of the breadcrumb mixture over it. Then proceed with the next row. I was able to make three rows of zucchini and two rows of zucchini in my dish, which is about how much you will have too.
7. Once the rows are complete, sprinkle the vegetables with the remaining olive oil and a good pinch of salt. Then sprinkle the remaining bread mixture over it all.
8. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until brown and bubbly.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

Any way to use fresh produce is always welcome in my house. I love this dish because it makes the most of the vegetables flavors, without being overly complicated. Feel free to serve this with chicken, steak, or even on it’s own.

Naptime Stopwatch

The total preparation for this dish is almost 2 hours. I saved time at night by pre-chopping the vegetables during my daughter’s naptime.

Naptime Reviews

We are all fans of roasted vegetables, which is why this dish was such a hit. My daughter especially loved the roasted zucchini.

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