The dish can be largely assembled ahead: Leave off the last portion of cheese, cover the dish with plastic wrap (pressing it directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming), and refrigerate it for up to one day. Remove it 30 minutes before baking, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and bake as instructed.
Zucchini is full of surprises. It's a fruit, though it's most often treated like a vegetable. It can grow to great sizes, is low in calories, and has more potassium than a banana! And here’s one more reason: It makes a superb casserole.
Packed with antioxidants, this dish is as healthy as it is flavorful. It uses a lightened-up bechamel sauce, so you get the richness without the butter. And the fancy sage garnish couldn't be easier: All you need is 10 seconds to flash-fry the fresh leaves in some vegetable oil.
Layer-and-bake dishes offer ways to turn leftovers into something luscious -- and they're ideal mediums for healthful ingredients. In this dish, a little Gruyere cheese provides a decadent texture, while sweet potatoes, leeks, and tangy grated apple make the dish especially moist, so you can use less fat.
This is a rich, magnificent dish, so enjoy it and don't even think about replacing the heavy cream with anything else or skimping on the amount. A sprinkle of lemon zest at the end gives it a bright pop.
There are two cheeses in this gratin: smoked Gouda in the sauce and salty aged Gouda sprinkled on top. Other melting cheeses, such as Gruyere and fontina, won't have the same smoky flavor but are good alternatives to the smoked Gouda; on top, try freshly grated Parmesan.
Assemble the scalloped potatoes up to 6 hours in advance and refrigerate, covered with foil. Allow potatoes to come to room temperature before baking. Bake along with the turkey during the last 1 1/2 hours of roasting.