There is a Spanish name for 2 dishes made in a similar fashion.. If you omit the Pasilla peppers then it is called "calabazitas con queso" If you Omit the "calabazitas" (meaning the squash) it would be called "Rajas con queso", I love both and one day I asked myself why can't they both be together? I mean they're made the same way pretty much.. and so I did.
The dish which is nameless in English and maybe in Spanish too, is sort of a Mexican ratatouille, it consists of zucchini or any squash you might want to use, (please feel free to experiment with this recipe!) tomatoes, garlic, onions (If you like them), Corn, the peppers (If you'd like.. I advice to use them as it gives it a nice smokey favor and really blackening them is not as hard or intimidating as it seems) and I top it all with cheese!
*If you want a figure friendly version top it off with Mozzarella cheese (It looks pretty with the melted round slices on top) and keep it vegetarian.
*If you need meat in it I would suggest cubed or shredded chicken (skip the cheese) Or Italian sausage and keep the cheese!.
As with all the recipes here get creative you do not have to recreate this 100% Use what you like and feel comfortable with! Have some fun!
3 Pasilla peppers
4 Italian zucchini squash
4 Roma tomatoes
1 can of corn
1 small can of tomato sauce
minced, or powdered garlic.
Cheese (any melting cheese you'd like)
salt and pepper to taste.
Start by blackening the peppers (If you have an electric stove I am not sure if it will work unless you grill them) After they are black meaning the skin is burned quickly place them inside a towel so they "sweat" and set them aside.
In a large pan, add a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some minced Garlic and Onions (if you are using them)
Cut the zucchini in half lenght wise and then chop into pieces, add to the oil with the garlic, if using garlic powder then you would add the powder to the zucchini.
I found a great way to have minced garlic handy I am in love with this as it is so finely minced it can blend in butter or any other sauces..
While that is cooking cut up the Roma tomatoes in big chunks and add them to the zucchini.
Take the peppers and with some running water remove the blackened skin, if there is some still left don't worry. Cut the tops off and throw them away along with the seeds and cut what is left into strips and add them to the pot.
Drain your can off corn and add it to the pot along with the tomato sauce and 1/4 cup of water. Let it simmer for 3 minutes stir it, and add your cheese cover and simmer for 2 more minutes and you are done!