According to the season, this dish can be made with any of the three vegetables: zucchini, squash, or pumpkin. Serve as a separate course or with a roast leg of lamb. It is a light, delicate dish which deserves your good homemade bread crumbs on top.
Chop the zucchini or pumpkin or squash.
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and gently cook the onion until tender. Add the zucchini or pumpkin or squash and
Blend the rice, cheese, parsley, egg, salt, and pepper and combine with the zucchini and onion. Spread the mixture in an oiled shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and
*Pumpkin is very sweet and bland, so it requires a fair amount of salt. Taste to be sure it is seasoned enough.
Before baking, cover the dish with 4 tomatoes, cut in half and gently squeeze to remove excess water and seeds; omit the bread crumbs and sprinkle
If you want to make a finer, more delicate version of this dish, pass the vegetables through a Mouli food mill before covering with the bread crumbs and olive oil.
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