Sometimes the usual side-dishes for your Thanksgiving and holiday dinners can become rather mundane. Though they do not celebrate Thanksgiving in England (the home of the award-winning television series Downton Abbey), you can still enjoy some of the food of this era while you, in America and beyond, celebrate your holidays.
This particular dish was a side-dish in many dining rooms during the era's which Downton Abbey takes place. It is a very simple dish featuring zucchini and cured ham. In many areas you might have a problem finding cured ham but you can always use (as we did in the pictures) the Italian cured ham known as prosciutto,which can be found in the deli sections of most supermarkets. You want to make sure your cured ham in sliced razor thin.
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Ingredients needed to make Zucchini with Cured Ham Parmesan (serves 4 as a side-dish):
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 pound zucchini, thinly sliced
- 1 scallion, minced
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 thin sliced cured ham (prosciutto) and shredded
- In a medium saute pan, melt the butter into the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the zucchini and saute 5 minutes.
- Add the scallion and saute 2 minutes.
- Stir in half of the Parmesan cheese and cook 1 minutes.
- Spoon the zucchini onto a serving plate and top with the cured ham.
- Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese over the dish and serve.
The bestselling cookbook "Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals" is now in its third printing and available worldwide, including the official website for Downton Abbey!