Zucchini Rice and Cheese Gratin

 

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What you will need

Butter for dish

2 1/2 pounds (about 1 1/8 kg) zucchini

2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (I use Diamond brand, use 1 1/2 of other brands)

1/2 cup (90 grams) plain, uncooked white rice

1 medium onion, minced (about 1 cup)

5 tablespoons (75 ml) olive oil, divided

2 large cloves garlic, mashed or finely minced

2 tablespoons (15 grams) all-purpose flour (optional)

1/2 cup milk, as needed, although water or broth of your choice would work just fine [1/2 cup needed for streamlined directions, less for original]

2/3 cup (55 grams) grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Salt and pepper

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