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Cheesy Zucchini Gratin

Wonderfully rich and creamy with the best crisp/crusty topping! Plus, it’s WAY HEALTHIER than the traditional potato gratin!!

Cheesy Zucchini Gratin - Wonderfully rich and creamy with the best crisp/crusty topping! Plus, it's WAY HEALTHIER than the traditional potato gratin!!

When it comes to Thanksgiving, you need to come prepared.

The fat pants.

The yoga pants.

The stretchy pants.

Even Joey Tribbiani’s Thanksgiving pants.

Which was really Phoebe’s maternity pants (aka for stealing melons).

Cheesy Zucchini Gratin - Wonderfully rich and creamy with the best crisp/crusty topping! Plus, it's WAY HEALTHIER than the traditional potato gratin!!

But if you need a break from all the different kinds of potatoes on your table this year, this zucchini dish is perfect.

It has all the rich, creamy cheesy flavors of your potato gratin.

Except with zucchini.

It’s really just a great way to get in your greens with the best topping of all: French’s® Crispy Onions! #HolidaywithFrenchs!

Cheesy Zucchini Gratin - Wonderfully rich and creamy with the best crisp/crusty topping! Plus, it's WAY HEALTHIER than the traditional potato gratin!!

These are made with real onions for incredible flavor, adding the perfect crunch to every dish.

Best of all.

This holiday season, your purchase of French’s® Crispy Onions will provide 1 million family meals through Feeding America.*

You can’t lose here!

Cheesy Zucchini Gratin

Wonderfully rich and creamy with the best crisp/crusty topping! Plus, it’s WAY HEALTHIER than the traditional potato gratin!!

15 minutes45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 pounds zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices*
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 9 tablespoons shredded Gruyere cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup FRENCH’S® Crispy Fried Onions

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9-inch pie plate or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine heavy cream, garlic, thyme and nutmeg over medium heat until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add a layer of zucchini to the prepared baking dish in an overlapping pattern; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour 1/3 cup cream mixture over zucchini; sprinkle with 3 tablespoons Gruyere. Repeat with remaining zucchini slices, cream mixture and Gruyere to create 2 more layers.
  4. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and browned, about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Top with FRENCH’S® Crispy Fried Onions. Place into oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until onions are golden.
  6. Serve immediately.

Notes:

*2 pounds is equivalent to about 4 medium-sized zucchini.

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*French’s will donate $0.36 per family meal to Feeding America®. For this campaign, family is defined as 4 individuals. One meal = $0.09 cents and one family meal is defined as #0.36 (4individuals x $0.09).

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by French’s. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in, allowing me to create more quick and easy recipes to get us through the week without breaking the bank. All opinions expressed are my own.

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19 comments

  1. This looks delicious! Could you make it with half zucchini and half squash?

  2. There are so many great uses for zucchini! This looks like the perfect dish!

  3. made this dish, followed recipe faithfully, ended up with soupy mess. Even
    baked for extra 10 minutes, without success.

  4. This will make a great side dish for Christmas, it’s just what I was looking for.

  5. can i double this recipe for 10.?  Would i use a 9×13 and double cooking time?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  6. Another awesome thing to do with zucchini! So yummy! By the way, have you seen the ABC show “The Middle?” In one episode, the son asks the mom, “Hey, aren’t those your maternity pants?” She answers, “They used to be. Now they’re my holiday pants.”

  7. Great idea ! Makes me hungry ! Thank you !

  8. Looks good – could you recommend a different type of cheese to use? Picky eaters in my house.

  9. These look amazing! Totally trying them soon!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  10. That is a fantastic way to use zucchini…Nice work! (:

  11. Wow. Sounds like my 2 year old picky eater will love this! Got to try this ASAP!

  12. This looks delicious. Could another type of cheese be substituted? My family are not fond of Gruyere. Any suggestions of what would be good? Maybe Swiss?

  13. Great idea ! Makes me hungry ! Thank you !

  14. Yum! A healthier alternative. I must try this soon. You really can’t go wrong with this.