Recipe: Zucchini flower slice

By Donna Hay

Zucchini flower slice. Photo / Donna Hay Magazine
Zucchini flower slice. Photo / Donna Hay Magazine

Serves 4-6

• 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 200g flat pancetta or bacon, chopped
• 1 white onion, sliced
• 1 cup grated zucchini
• 1 Tbsp chopped lemon thyme
• 8 eggs
• 1 cup pouring cream
• 1 cup finely grated gruyere
• Sea salt and cracked black pepper
• 10 zucchini flowers, stamens removed

1. Preheat oven to 200C. Heat 1/2 Tbsp of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the pancetta and cook for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and golden.

2. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining oil and the onion to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened and lightly golden. Place the onion in a bowl and add the grated zucchini, the lemon thyme and pancetta and mix
to combine. Spoon the mixture into a lightly greased 20cm x 30cm tin lined with non-stick baking paper.

3. Place the eggs, cream, cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk to combine.

Pour the egg mixture into the tin over the zucchini mixture and top with the zucchini flowers. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Tips and tricks

• For best results, cook your zucchini flowers on the day they are purchased (or pick them fresh from your garden).

• Removing the stamens from the middle of the zucchini flower is an important step, as they can have a bitter flavour.

For more recipes visit the Donna Hay website,

- NZ Herald

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