Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I think Andrew was a little hesitant about this recipe. I'm sure the whole time he was thinking "Where is the meat?". I got this recipe from the blog, For The Love of Cooking. Her recipes are not only unique, but they look so delicious!

Vegetable Pie with a Zucchini Crust
Recipe by Lori Smith

4 zucchini, shredded and patted dry with paper towels
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups of mozzarella, divided
2 tomatoes, diced
1 green pepper, diced
4 oz of mushrooms, sliced
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, shredded
4 basil leaves, chopped
Dried oregano, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray. - Ok, so I totally forgot to spray the bottom of the pan. Oops! Also, I need to invest in large casserole dishes. I do not recommend using the 9x13 like I used.

2. After you grate the zucchini, pat it dry with a few paper towels, removing as much moisture as possible. She is not kidding. DO this to the best of your ability. I was hunger and impatient - another oops. I think next time I will grate onto a towel, pat dry, and then let it continue to air dry for a bit.

3. Combine the zucchini with the eggs and 2 cups of mozzarella. Push the zucchini firmly into the casserole dish, forming a crust. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, if desired. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

This is what happens when you are impatient.
4. After the zucchini has baked, layer the casserole with green pepper, mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes, fresh basil, and finally top it with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the top with dried oregano, to taste. - I used all my moz cheese in the crust and instead topped the casserole with some colby-pepperjack. If I were Emeril, this is the point where I would say BAM!

5. Place into the oven and bake uncovered for 25 minutes. Clean up your mess, you slob!

6. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy. - She isn't kidding here either. Enjoy this! It's good!

I think I would def. make this recipe again! But maybe add some chicken next time....shhh, don't tell!

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