Farm Fresh Challenge: Veggie Casserole


I am an unabashed lover of Maryland tomatoes. I could eat a nice firm slice of an heirloom tom with a tiny dash of salt and pepper and be the happiest girl this side of the Chesapeake. But after several weeks of tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in the CSA box I’m starting to lose pace. The crisper bin in my fridge is full of round red things and my CHALLENGE today is to do something about it! My solution? Vegetable Casserole.

In this week's box from Calverts Gift CSA I found: Green beans, tomatoes, french  fingerling  potatoes, sweet peppers, spring mix cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, garlic

In this week’s box from Calverts Gift CSA I found: Green beans, tomatoes, french fingerling potatoes, sweet peppers, spring mix
cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, garlic

INGREDIENTS:

From the BOX:

  • 1 large Tomato cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 18 Cherry Tomatoes sliced in half
  • 2 Eggs

From the Pantry (and from previous boxes and trips to the farmers market)

  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup grated Italian Cheese
  • 1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Summer Squash
  • 1/2 cup grated Beets
  • 1/2 cup chopped Onion
  • Cooking Spray

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bottom of a 9″ square oven safe glass pan.

2. Sprinkle 1/3 of the Bread Crumbs in the pan.

3. Put on a layer of Summer Squash.

Zucchini

4. Add 1/4 cup of the Italian Cheese.

5. Add the Tomatoes.

Tomatoes

6. Beat the Cream Cheese (warm in microwave is necessary to get it super creamy) and spoon on top of the Tomatoes.

7. Add the Onions

Onions

8. Add another 1/4 cup of Cheese.

9. Add another layer of Bread Crumbs.

10. Add the Beets.

11. Add 1/4 Cheese.

12. Add the Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Toms

13. Add the rest of the Bread Crumbs.

14. Add the rest of the Cheese.

15. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook an additional 10 minutes until cheese starts to brown.

Baked and crunchy

16. Let cool a few minutes before serving.  Enjoy.

On the plate

Do you have any tomato recipes you’d like to share? Please let me know.

Cheers, Rita

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About ritalovestowrite

Freelance writer and graphic designer in Northern Baltimore County. As a writer I enjoy both fiction and non fiction (travel and local interest stories.) Most recently my non fiction writing has been featured in Mason-Dixon ARRIVE Magazine. As a graphic designer I focus on cover designs and have done a number of designs for books and magazines. Recently I've entered the e-book cover field. I also enjoy working with community organizations and churches to bring their communications to a higher standard. As an advocate for the ARTS, one of my biggest passions is helping young people find a voice in all the performing arts. To that end it has been my honor to give one on one lessons to middle and high school students in graphic design and music. View all posts by ritalovestowrite

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