Tomato & Summer Squash Stacks; trees

‘Stacks’.

I don’t like that term.

It’s a perfectly appropriate word to be used after smoke or hay but doesn’t add anything to a food name – in my opinion.

However, the thesaurus did not offer up any better alternatives so there it is: Stacks.

Because that’s what I did – I stacked the cheese on the squash on the tomato.

Then we ate it and were happy.

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Tomato & Summer Squash Stacks

Time to get creative with zucchini / summer squash. I used a yellow squash and lettuce leaf basil for this.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: First Courses

Ingredients

Scale
  • 6 slices zucchini (courgette), about half of a medium squash, 1/3 inch (1cm) thick
  • 6 slices tomato, about 2 medium tomatoes, 1/3 inch (1cm) thick
  • 6 slices aged goat cheese, about (3oz (90gr) 1/3 inch (1cm) thick
  • 3 tbs bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp Herbes de Provence
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 6 large basil leaves or 12 smaller

Instructions

  • Combine the breadcrumbs and the Herbes.
  • Dip the zucchini slices in the oil, then the crumbs. Place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake, 400F (200C) for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Dip the cheese in the remaining oil and remaining crumbs. Place on baking sheet next to zucchini.
  • Return to oven and bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove
  • Place tomato slices on 2 plates. Top each slice with a basil leaf, a zucchini slice and a goat cheese slice.

Notes

Substitute your favorite dried herbs for the Herbes de Provence. Use any color / type summer squash. Try to keep the slices similar in diameter.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 298
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 282.6 mg
  • Fat: 23.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.5 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 10.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 19.6 mg

Keywords: tomatoes, zucchini, goat cheese, tomato stacks

Tomato & Goat Cheese Stacks

Growing up in the bluffs bordering the Mississippi river I never thought about wood being a crop.

Farmers planted corn and soybeans and hay.

They didn’t plant trees.

Trees just…. were there.

Yes, I knew about logging in other parts of the country but I just assumed that they were clearing and cutting old growth to make room for more people.

Okay – I didn’t really think about it at all.

Then we moved to this side of the pond, where humans have been cutting down trees for a very long time and all of the land has been used by humans for a very long time.

Trees are a crop.

Trees

Rather a long time between planting and harvest, yes, but the crop is not ignored.

The trees are tended, kept trimmed, and the weeds controlled.

But what has always fascinated me is the trees are always in perfectly straight rows regardless of what angle you look at them from.

Walk around the field in a complete circle and they are lined up neatly.

I’m quite certain that it’s done for harvesting purposes and not merely aesthetics – but I appreciate it nonetheless.

I’m sure they are a crop in the U.S. too – just not where I lived.

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