Layers of vegetables, yellow squash, and zucchini squash, stacked like a lasagna, nestled with smooth and creamy gouda and topped with fresh sweet basil and pistachios. This colorful vegetarian recipe is a favorite for adults and children alike.
Adults and children can enjoy this dish. It could be fun to make with your family. It is quite colorful and it is simply beautiful and elegant on a plate.
Vegetable Ribbons with Gouda and Basil
- 2 yellow squash sliced length-wise
- 2 zucchini squash sliced length-wise
- 1 T olive oil
- 1/2 t sea salt
- 5 grinds black pepper
- 8 leaves fresh basil chiffonade cut
- 3 oz gouda sliced thinly, cut length-wise
- 1 T pistachios chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Wash and chop ends of squash and zucchini.
- With a mandolin, slice vegetables length-wise. Slices will be uniform and takes no time. Conversely, vegetables may be sliced by hand.
- Gently toss the vegetables with oil, salt and pepper.
- Wash, then stack the basil leaves, then roll and cut into fine ribbons for your chiffonade cuts.
- Line a ½ sheet pan with parchment paper.
- Stack in the following order: Squash, zucchini, gouda, repeat twice, then final layer stack…Squash, zucchini, basil, gouda
- Bake at 350 F for approximately 13 minutes, until gouda is just melted.
- Let cool for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with pistachios.
- Cut in half on the diagonal and serve warm.
This recipe makes great use of the mandolin in the back of your pantry. If your mandolin has several blade styles, it would be pretty with a wavy cut, as well. You can experiment with the height of the blade and make the zucchini or squash thinner.
This dish may taste sinful, but it is not. At 92 calories, 6g fat, 4g protein, and low in carbs at 3g per serving, this is a dish for your taste buds and your waistline. This recipe will fit nicely into most healthy lifestyles.
VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Other vegetables that would substitute nicely are eggplant or other types of squashes, like acorn, butternut or spaghetti squash. Adding Parmesan cheese or white cheddar would be reasonably priced cheese options if Gouda is not your “cup of tea”.
Fresh herbs are a great way to add a pop of flavor. Zest of lemon would be a nice addition and add brightness to the overall flavor. The basil works great with these ingredients, but you could also try sage, thyme or rosemary.
If you have not cut herbs in a chiffonade fashion, you are missing out on a beautiful and upscale presentation. You simply stack your basil (or vegetables), then roll them tightly up like a taco, and cut them finely on the diagonal and perpendicular to the roll. You can fan them out or simply bundle them in a nest-like pattern.
Give this dish a whirl. You will not be disappointed. Enjoy!