Zucchini slice recipe

Posted on November 22, 2012

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I attended a hen’s event the past weekend and the activity was an ‘MA’ rated (mature audiences only) high tea. MA because there was a butler and the butler was, cue drum roll…topless. Because every hen needs a bit of eye candy before committing to one man for the rest of her life ;).

We did high tea a bit ‘pot luck’ style where all the guests brought a plate of food to share. As I’ve mentioned previously, I like a good mix of savory and sweet treats for high tea, and given that most people seem to prefer making and bringing sweet dishes to these arvo tea gatherings, I thought it would be wise to bring along a savory dish. Something simple to make, easy to reheat, great for sharing and relatively healthy too. It sounds a little weird to bring a healthy dish to an event that’s meant to be all about indulgence, but I figure all in moderation, and hey isn’t the bridal party meant to be watching what they eat this close to the main event anyway? I do jest of course.

I was first given a version of this recipe from a friend who served it to me for dinner a long time ago. It’s basically a simple egg batter mixed with zucchini and cheese. How can you go wrong with a combination like that? You could even throw in a carrot if you wanted, or omit the bacon if you wanted a vegetarian version. It’s quite versatile and works well as a small snack, starter or even as a light meal.

Quite a few other recipes online won’t require you to cook the onion before putting it into the batter, but having made it that way before, I prefer the taste of it when the onion has been cooked first. If the onion hasn’t been cooked beforehand, it tends to leave quite a strong astringent smell and slight raw onion taste in the zucchini slice. Cooking the onion before putting it in the mix takes the rawness away, and the smell is gone.

RECIPE – Zucchini slice

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis (about 500g), grated
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • ~150g of bacon or sliced ham, diced
  • 2 teaspoon oil, and some extra oil for greasing baking tray
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup self raising flour (or 1 cup plain flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder)
  • 1/4 cup water (you could substitute this for milk)
  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese, and an extra 1/2 cup grated cheese for the topping
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and lightly grease a baking tray (it doesn’t really matter what size tray you have; the larger your tray, the more shallow your slice will turn out. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your tray).
  2. In a medium pan heat oil and add onion to sweat, be careful not to brown the onion. Once the onion has wilted a little, add in bacon and heat for a couple of minutes until bacon is cooked through. Remove from heat and reserve.
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs with water and salt and pepper (don’t over salt, remember there is quite a bit of bacon and cheese in this dish). Then add in self raising flour and lightly mix until you get a smooth batter.
  4. Mix in grated zucchini, onion, bacon and 1 cup of grated cheese.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking tray and sprinkle the extra 1/2 cup of grated cheese on top.
  6. Bake in oven for about 35 minutes until an inserted skewer comes out clean and the cheese on top has formed a golden crust. You may need more or less baking time depending on how deep/shallow your tray is. I used a 22cm x 33cm tray.
  7. Cut up into smaller fingers or squares and serve either hot or cold.
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