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21 Aug

Zucchini Magic

Posted in General, Makin' Food on 21.08.11 by Octopi

Every once in a while I get an epiphany about how awesome something REALLY is.  I’ve mentioned kick-ass properties of spinach, and now want to spread the love about zucchini. 

I mean, how many other vegetables can you make sweet AND savory goods with?  This morning I cleaned out the inventory of this splendid veggie at the neighborhood market to embark on a fantastic adventure of tartes AND bread.  This post is a focus on the tarte

You know it’s OK to cut corners when cooking, right?  Cuz it’s taken me a while to be OK with that.  As long as you are in the kitchen whipping up some tasty goodness, it’s totally cool to cheat a little bit and maybe NOT make the crust from scratch or whip up some homemade pesto that you only need 2 tablespoons of in the recipe.  So, without further ado I present…..

Zucchini Tarte With Gruyere Cheese and Herbs (inspired by recipe)


  • 2 lbs fresh zucchini, thinly sliced (4 cups – I had 2-3 monster zucchs, which seemed to be enough)
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced (garlic fiends may want more)
  • Whatever tasty herbs you have laying around the house or are growing for consumption!
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup grated gruyere cheese plus a little extra for topping (or similar cheese)
  • 1 (8 ounce) packages crescent roll dough (cheaters never prosper….except sometimes)
  • This makes ONE tarte – I doubled up to make more…

Makin’ it Happen

  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  • CRUST:  Unfold crescent dough from the tube and press dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of a tart or pie pan to form a crust, pressing gently to seal any perforations; spread crust with pesto.
  • FILLING:  In a large skillet, saute the zucchini, onion, and garlic in the olive oil until softened, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in herbs, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Let cool slightly before stirring in the beaten eggs and cheese.
  • Transfer the filling into the shell and spread evenly; sprinkle the top with a little extra grated cheese.
  • For easier clean-up put the pan on a baking sheet in the oven to catch any overflow.
  • Bake at 400 F until set and crust is golden, about 16 to 19 minutes.
  • Remove to a wire rack and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes before removing sides of pan (if using tart pan – you may need to run a knife around sides of crust to loosen).
  • Let it rest another 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Good served warm, cold or at room temperature.  This probably freezes well too.
  • Tasty goodness!

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