Vegetable Tower

What a great way to build your vegetables “up.”

Vegetable Tower

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 8

Ingredients

    Mushroom Filling
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/4 lb mushrooms, chopped into fairly small pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spinach Filling
  • Make a half recipe of Cream Spinach
  • Potato Pancakes (Frittatas)
  • 6 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or butter
  • 2 1/2 cups riced potatoes*
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Granulated garlic powder or minced garlic
  • 6 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces grated cheese or crumbled gorgonzola

Instructions

    For Mushrooms:
  1. Saute mushrooms and onion in butter. Add thyme. When onions are translucent, add cream cheese and melt completely. Remove from heat and stir in salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. For Spinach:
  3. Prepare and set aside.
  4. Potato Pancakes: for each about 7" potato pancake
  5. Heat 2 TBSP of oil or butter in a pan, about 7" round.
  6. Add 3/4 cup potato, 2 sliced green onions, and garlic powder. Cook a minute or two. Beat 2 eggs with salt and pepper, and pour evenly around pan. Cover pan, and cook pancake until just set. Remove and set aside. Repeat to make other 2 pancakes.
  7. Assembly
  8. Heat oven to 375°
  9. On a parchment lined baking sheet, place one pancake. Spread on mushroom filling, sprinkle on about 1 ounce of cheese, top with another pancake. Spread on the spinach filling, sprinkle with another ounce of cheese, top with last pancake. Top with the rest of the cheese and bake for about 10 minutes, until cheese melts.
  10. Let set about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
  11. *If you don't have a potato ricer, push cooked potatoes through a sieve or strainer, to make uniform pieces. If you don't want to use potato, here's a couple alternatives - grated carrots or seeded zucchini, grated.
  12. If you have leftover fillings, try Mushroom Spinach Soup
  13. Some alternative vegetable layers might be: Cream Broccoli, or Cream Brussel Sprouts
http://www.centexcooks.com/vegetable-tower/