There is still an abundance of summer squash (at least down here in California) as we're experiencing the last part of all of the wonderful summer produce. Tomatoes and summer squash tend to do exceptionally well late in the season, when they've had a chance to ripen with some warmer temperatures. I attempted to take advantage of the summer squash here in a rustic gratin with some fingerling potatoes, fresh herbs, and a little bit of cheese. Serve with a salad and some bread and you have a delicious late summer/early fall meal.
Fingerling Potato & Summer Squash Gratin
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 lb. fingerling potatoes
1 1/4 lb. assorted summer squash, thinly sliced
1 t. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1 t. fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 c. lowfat or whole milk
1/2 c. gruyere cheese, grated
1/2 c. parmesan cheese, grated
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the potatoes in a pot with water covering to 1'' above the potatoes. Cover and bring to a boil, then uncover and let cook 10 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool slightly.
Meanwhile slice the squash and heat 1 T. olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the squash and saute for about 5 minutes or until slightly softened.
Slice the potatoes into thirds lengthwise and combine with the squash in a large bowl. Add 1 T. olive oil, 1 1/2 t. kosher salt, 1/2 t. black pepper, and the rosemary and thyme and stir to coat.
Coat an 8x8 inch baking dish with olive oil or cooking spray and add 1/2 of the potato/squash mixture to the pan, pressing down with your fingers. Then add the goat cheese and top with the other half of the potato/squash mixture, pressing down again with your fingers. Drizzle the milk over the whole thing, then top with the gruyere and parmesan cheeses.
Bake for 30 minutes covered with foil, then uncover, return to the oven, increase the temperature to 425, and bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown.