Ikaria Longevity Zucchini Potato Skillet Pie
Tourlou is typically a mixed summer vegetable casserole found all over the Eastern Aegean. The word is Turkish (turlu) and means a hodgepodge. There are many similar casseroles around Greece that go by different names. What I like about this old Ikarian recipe is its utter simplicity. It also reminds me of a similar recipe with pumpkin, not zucchini, also made in a frying pan, which is from neighboring Samos.
- 1 pound / ½ kilo potatoes peeled, cut into ¼-inch /60-mm rounds
- 1 pound zucchini trimmed and cut into rounds as above
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup extra virgin Greek olive oil plus more for drizzling if desired
- 2 teaspoons dried Greek oregano
- Alternating between each, place the potatoes and zucchini in overlapping circles in a large, wide pot or deep skillet. Season with sea salt and pepper. Add the olive oil and oregano. Cover the pot or frying pan and cook the vegetables until tender and until the bottom of the potatoes and zucchini are slightly charred. Flip over onto a plate, sprinkle with a little more oregano, drizzle, if desired with additional olive oil, and serve.
Adapted from Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life & Longevity (Rodale)
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