My friends and I invite each other over for dinner on a regular basis. We sit and chat and have a few glasses of wine. To me this is the ideal way to spend a Friday night. When I invite people, I usually try out a new recipe, often from different countries and cultures. Most of us love all kinds of food and the meals are usually great. But there is always the occasional guest that might be slightly more of a picky eater. For them, being experimental with foreign foods is usually a guaranteed fail. So here is a meal that is a safe bet for the picky eater and wonderfully delicious for all of us:
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Zucchini and Rice Gratin
Ingredients (for 2 people)
1 Pack of grated Parmesan cheese
1 Clove of garlic
1/2 cup of wild rice
3 Spoons of flour
1/4 bag of bread crums (Paniermehl)
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cook the wild rice in boiling water. Cut up the onion and the garlic, and cook it in a pan with a bit of olive oil. Lower the heat and start grating in the zucchini using a medium sized grater. Chop up the tomatoes and add them to the mix. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, then add the Parmesan cheese, the milk and the flour (no exact amounts necessary).
Put the zucchini-tomato mix in an oven proof dish and blend in the wild rice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a layer of bread crumbs and a layer of Parmesan cheese for a delicious crust.
You can serve this meal on its own or with a bit of meat on the side. It will be filling enough for your vegetarian friend, guilt-free enough for your health-freak friend, yet cheesy and delicious enough for your fast-food junkie friend.