Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Zucchini Tomato Tart

Yesterday, as I was deciding what I wanted to cook, I knew I wanted to make something with zucchini. I am such a huge squash fan, and zucchini is one of my favorites.

As I was searching around the internet for ideas, I came across this idea of making a tomato basil tart with a zucchini crust. Although there weren't proper credits, I believe this recipe is based on one from Everyday Italian.

This dish has incredible flavors, and is one of those vegetarian main dishes that will make meat eaters consider becoming one.

Zucchini Fontina Tomato Tart

Zucchini Tomato Tart
2 lbs zucchini, shredded (about 3 large)
4-5 scallions, sliced (use both green and white parts)
1/4 c seasoned bread crumbs, plus
2 tbsp seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1 egg, beaten (I used an egg substitute)
6 oz fontina cheese, divided
1 medium tomato, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 c loosely packed basil leaves, slivered

Place zucchini and scallions in a large dry saute pan. Cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until zucchini shrinks, about 6 minutes. Drain in a colander, and press out excess water with a spoon.
Return zucchini to the pan, and add 1/4 bread crumbs, and 1/2 tsp salt and pepper. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add egg (or substitute), and toss well.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9" pie plate with oil. Press zucchini mixture into bottom and sides of pan, but not over the lip of the dish. (It should be a thick layer) Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden.
Remove and sprinkle with 1/2 c cheese. Top with tomato slices, overlapping if necessary. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cover with 2 tbsp bread crumbs, basil, and remaining fontina.
Reduce oven temperature to 350, and bake for an additional 30 minutes, until cheese is well browned.
Remove from oven, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

BEST.FOOD.EVER.

That is all.

NWJR said...

I'm a hardcore carnivore, but that looks positively delicious.

Fiber said...

Thanks, Cornelius. It's good to see you round these parts!
And it is positively delicious.

speedvegan said...

hi ! i am thinking of making a varied vegan version of this tonight... would you mind if i post it on my blog ?

vanessa said...

mmmm, those are the flavors i so look forward to with the warmer seasons. beautiful, too.

Fiber said...

Of course not, speedvegan!
I would love to see a variation!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! I found a place where you can
make some nice extra cash secret shopping. Just go to the site below
and put in your zip to see what's available in your area.
I made over $900 last month having fun!
make extra money

Anonymous said...

This is very interesting site... Fishing reel parts Discount vitamins supplements hgh cla Cheapest cell phone emergency Contacts acuvue advance http://www.buy-xenical-uk.info/online_ionamin_sale.html Nude spring break college girls canadian no ionamin prescription Large+photos+swimsuits Adidas swimsuits uk Viagra phone orders palm m505 gps car Phentermine+hydrocodone Slot roulette Color bracelets for carnivals Whitelight tooth whitener consumer reports http://www.commercial-general-liability-insurance.info/Business_health_insurance_indiana.html Firefly pc phone

Anonymous said...

best regards, nice info Cadillac car for sale Ft lauderdale driveway permits heavenly big tits Affordable search engine optimization uk Allegra coleman soccer image Sony troubleshooting video cameras Custom+baseball+hats Financial advisor certificate Download football manger blackberry 7520 In liposuction maryland Amby burfoot book running Cheapest ativan on-line Neurontin for sciatic pain Windows and fax viewer