The joy of food blogging is you will find some like minded people who share recipes that truly inspire you that you really want to recreate at home. It is one of the reasons I continue to blog.
This Australian Zucchini Slice recipe comes from Johanna who blogs over at Green Gourmet Giraffe. Apparently it is one of the most popular recipes in Australia and may have been brought to Australia in the 1950s by an Italian migrant. Whatever its background, Zucchini Slice also happens to be one of Johanna's childhood favourites and its a recipe that I have had bookmarked since 2012 to make.
Johanna actually has two Australian Zucchini Slice recipe, a vegetarian version made with facon bacon and a vegan version made with chickpea flour and tofu bacon. I did not have any facon bacon either home made or shop bought, though I could have made some over the weekend, but was impatient and the courgette harvest pile from the garden was mounting higher and higher each day. Plus what to make for dinner.
So instead I tried to mimic the smoky facon 'bacon' flavours with liquid smoke and smoked paprika, but the balance was not quite right as these additional flavours did not come through strong, still it made for a tasty side - very tasty in fact as D said it was delicious. Its savoury, light from the courgettes and rich in flavour from the cheese.
One of my favourite vegetarian food writers Celia Brooks in her World Vegetarian Classics section of Australasia also shares a recipe for Zucchini Slice and writes' its a classic from Australian Women's Weekly, an institution of great home cooking championed by generations of housewives'.
Serves as a side with other vegetables. We had loads left over that I think it would also be fantastic as part of a buffet table.
I am sharing this with Bake of the Week hosted by Mummy Mishaps. and Casa Costello.
Australian Style Zucchini Slice from Green Gourmet Giraffe
75ml vegetable oil
1 onions, peeled and finely minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon pepper flakes
4 courgettes, grated
150g cheddar cheese, grated
5 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
165g self raising flour
Salt and pepper to taste
In a wide pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil and saute the onions until tender, stir in the spices towards the end and cook for a few minutes, before turning of the heat to cool down.
In a wide bowl, stir in the remaining ingredients and then stir in the cooled flavoured onion well.
Scrape evenly into a Swiss roll tin that has been lined with non-stick paper.
Bake in oven at gas mark 4/180oc for 35 - 40 minutes.
Allow to cool, before slicing.