Torta de calabacitas

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
6 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1½ medium Onions; thinly sliced
8 \N Poblano chiles; roasted, peeled,
\N \N And cut into 1/2\" by 1 1/2\" strips
2 pounds Plum tomatoes; peeled, seeded,
\N \N And coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon Salt
1½ pounds Small zucchini; cut into 1/8\" slices
\N \N Salt; to taste
\N \N Freshly-ground black pepper; to taste
2 tablespoons Dry bread crumbs
3 larges Eggs; separated
6 ounces Thinly-sliced feta cheese; crumbled
3 tablespoons Unsalted butter; at room temperature

In a heavy skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Saute the onions for 5 to 6 minutes, or until softened. Add the chiles, tomatoes, and salt to the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Continue cooking for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Set aside and allow to cool completely. In a large covered vegetable steamer, steam the zucchini for 5 to 6 minutes, or until tender but not mushy.

Season to taste, then remove the steamer from the pan and let them cool completely. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and thoroughly butter a medium oven-proof casserole or souffle dish. Coat the inside of the dish with the bread crumbs. In a large mixing bowl, whip the egg whites with ¼ teaspoon salt to stiff peaks, then add the egg yolks, beating them in well. The mixture will be frothy but stiff. Distribute a layer of zucchini slices in overlapping circles on the bottom of the casserole. Pour half of the sauce over the top in an even layer, then distribute ⅓ of the cheese over it.

Cover the cheese with ⅓ of the beaten egg mixture, then dot with 1 tablespoon of the butter cut into tiny pieces. Repeat the layering in the same order and finish with a layer of zucchini topped with the last ⅓ of the beaten egg, butter, and cheese. Cook the torte on the top shelf of the oven until the eggs are set and the cheese has melted, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, let rest for 5 minutes, and serve. This recipe yields 6 to 8 servings.

Recipe Source: TOO HOT TAMALES with Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken From the TV FOOD NETWORK - (Show # TH-6233 broadcast 04-02-1997) Downloaded from their Web-Site -

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Recipe by: Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken Converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.

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