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Recipes from My Kitchen

Just in time for the weekend!

on March 25, 2016

“Zucchini Cheese on Toast.”  This is a fabulous, fancy, easy-peasy breakfast.  When you read these ingredients together, you might think there’s no way this will taste good.  And, admittedly, even *making* this dish I had those thoughts.  But it was so good, I ate all of it, and – had I a spare zucchini in my refrigerator – might have made even more (nom nom nom).

This recipe is very simple to make, and is great if you have extra squash that didn’t get used up and might be ending its life span.  They usually aren’t as pretty, might not slice as nicely.  But grating them?  Yeah, you can grate anything and it’s tasty.  For reference, I used one whole zucchini, one egg, and it covered 3 pieces of wheat bread.  I kind of wish I had fancier toast, maybe something a little heartier (that didn’t crisp in the oven as much) but this was still delicious.

Grate the zucchini (either on a hand grater or in a food processor – I recommend a hand grater, less mess to clean up, which makes this meal even faster).  Put the grated veggie in some sort of tea towel and squeeeeeeze all of the water out of it, as best you can (nobody likes soggy toast).  Mix in the egg, shallots, cheese, salt, and pepper.  I toasted my bread just a little before topping it with the egg/veg mixture – this makes the toast a little more stable when trying to spread stuff on it.  Put the toast on a cookie sheet, top it with the mix, and broil for 5-8 minutes (I think i needed 7 minutes for mine).  Try to get the veggie mix as close to the edges as you can, so the bread won’t burn under the broiler.

I think a good way to describe this is “portable quiche.”  It has a lot of the same ingredients, has a savory component to it, but is less messy than trying to scoop out a pie-wedge of goodness when it’s hot from the oven.  Also, it’s enough for one person (eh, maybe 2 if you don’t mind sharing) so you’re not eating leftover quiche the rest of the week.   …not saying leftover quiche is a bad thing, but I feel bad making more meals when there are plenty of leftovers to be consumed, and I would definitely rather cook more and re-heat less.

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Mmmm, Toasty Goodness

  • 1 large zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup mature cheddar, grated
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 3 slices bread
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the broiler (grill for UK readers).
  2. Toast the bread and put to one side.
  3. Put the zucchini in a clean cloth and twist to squeeze out the excess liquid.
  4. Place the zucchini, cheddar, egg, and shallot in a bowl.
  5. Add a little salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper and mix well.
  6. Lay out the toast on a baking tray.
  7. Spread the zucchini mixture on top of the toast, making sure to cover as much of the toast as possible to prevent the edges from burning.
  8. Place under the broiler at a medium heat until golden brown and bubbling (about 5-8 minutes).
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