Anna-Maria's Zucchini Slice
This is Anna-Maria’s Zucchini Slice from Stephanie Alexander’s Cooks Companion… I’ve tweaked it a little as I’m sure most people do, it’s one of those no-rules recipes where you can customise it as much or as little as you like.
I love zucchini because it is such a versatile vegetable (although technically it’s an immature fruit- wiki will tell you it’s a swollen ovary of a zucchini flower… sounds appetising), you can put them in almost anything because they don’t have a very strong flavour, which is great when it comes to hiding veggies from your kids! I’ve even eaten a chocolate cake that had grated zucchini in it and it was one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve ever had- so moist (haha MOIST!)
You will need…
¼ cup of olive oil (the recipe says half a cup but you really don’t need that much)
500g zucchini, grated
1 small carrot, grated
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
200gr smoked bacon, finely chopped
100g freshly grated parmesan cheese
100gr freshly grated tasty cheese
150gr self-raising flour
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 sprig of flat leaf parsley, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 25cm square tin with baking paper, you can use muffin tins if you wish to make mini slices too.
2. Sweat off the bacon and onion in a little bit of oil, then add the garlic and quickly fry.
3. Add all the ingredients except the flour and mix well with a wooden spoon. Fold the flour in last.
4. Pour into the prepared tin and smooth over with the back of a spoon. Top with your sliced, seasoned tomato and bake for about 30 minutes until firm and golden brown.