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During summer my mom would make Calabacitas Guisadas (Stewed Zucchini). It was one of my favorite vegetable dishes growing up. I still make it every season – but this time I decided I would try it as a gratin. Oaxaca cheese is great for melting and similar to Monterey Jack, it’s texture reminds me of string cheese and can be found in most Mexican markets.

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Zucchini and Tomato Gratin with Oaxaca Cheese

1 white onion, sliced thin
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Serrano chili, finely chopped
8 medium tomatoes, sliced
10 green or yellow zucchini, sliced
8 ounces Oaxaca cheese, grated
Cilantro, chopped

Slice the onion thin and sauté in some olive oil on medium-low heat until lightly browned. Add the garlic, Serrano chili, salt and pepper and cook a few more minutes.

Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of a 9 by 12-inch gratin dish. Make rows of alternating zucchini and tomatoes and season each of them with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.

Press down on the vegetables and bake uncovered, for about 1 hour at 375*, until it starts to brown. During baking you can baste the gratin with the bubbling juices. Top the gratin with the grated cheese and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro. Place under the broiler on high heat until the cheese bubbles and starts to brown.

Serves 6

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You can adjust this recipe anyway you like. If you want to make a smaller batch I suggest cutting it down to 1 pound of tomatoes. But I find that everyone wants some it so I always make a bit more.

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

3 pounds Heirloom tomatoes

5 or 6 jalapeño or serrano chiles (amount depends on your heat preference)

1 white onion, coarsely chopped

3 cloves garlic

Cilantro

3 teaspoons sea salt

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Toast the onions, chiles and garlic in a pan under the broiler in your oven until blackened. Cut the tomatoes in half and place them under the broiler until blackened as well. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Taste for salt and finish with chopped cilantro.