A great one-dish meal


January 02, 2002|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

James F. Glover of Owings Mills is seeking a zucchini casserole, a dish his late wife made.

"It consisted of ground meat, zucchini, tomato, cheese and probably something else that I can't remember. It was baked in the oven."

Natalie R. Zajac of Nottingham responded with a recipe that she said her mother made very often, especially during summer when fresh vegetables were available.

The ingredients are available in most food markets year-round.

Zucchini Casserole

Makes 8 to 10 servings

1 1/2 pounds sliced zucchini (about 3 large)

4 medium sliced tomatoes

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained

1/4 cup chopped onion

3/4 cup raw rice (not instant)

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Line bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch pan with half of the zucchini, tomatoes and salt. Mix remaining ingredients together, with the exception of the cheese, and place on top. Put the other half of the zucchini, tomatoes and salt on top. Cover and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 375 degrees. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and cook until melted.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "This is a great one-dish meal. The rice will absorb a great deal of the moisture as it cooks; but, if during cooking the casserole looks extremely juicy, you may want to uncover slightly. The casserole may be less likely to fall apart when served if you slice the zucchini the long way into 1/4 -inch slices."

Recipe requests

Helen R. Maxwell of College Place, Wash., is seeking a recipe for a dish "my brother often talks about called Grape-Nut Pudding, which my mother made probably in the 1920s or '30s. He is 87 years old now."

Cora Burgan of Frankford, Del., wants a recipe that her mother made called a Missouri Red Cake. "It was a big hit on many occasions. I have a cousin who is ill and would love to have this cake, and I cannot find my mother's recipe. Hope you can help."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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