When it comes to baking, it's not hard to find a host of sweet recipes. I went through a few and got a bit overwhelmed by sweetness. There's only so much sugar I can handle! It was time to find something salty, and I don't just mean in the form of salted caramel or the likes.
I had zucchini in my fridge and a couple of carrots too. I hate eating carrots raw but I like them in baked products so I was glad when I found this recipe for zucchini and carrot slices. It sounded reasonably healthy too so I figured it would be a good idea for workday lunches.
I detect the act of grating so I thought I'd be smart and grate everything with my food processor. Because it's new, I'm not totally familiar with the settings. My zucchini and carrot got smushed to a pulp. I then realized I needed a coarser blade. The onion and cheese went through alright. Differing from the original recipe, I used 2 x zucchinis and 1 x carrot, only because that was what I had on hand. I think it may affect the moisture content of the slice. My slices still set though, once they'd cooled down. They kept their shape on reheating too. I also omitted garlic and used olive oil instead of rice bran oil.
Zucchini and Carrot Slice
Makes 10; ~ 4-6 serves
- 2 medium zucchinis, grated
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
- 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
- 100g sliced leg ham, finely chopped
- 1 cup grated cheese (I used vintage cheddar)
- 1 cup self-raising flour
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
- salt and pepper
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a 18cm x 28cm (base) slice pan.
2. Combine the carrot, zucchini, onion, ham, cheese, flour and parsley in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Stir in the milk, eggs and oil. Mix to combine.
4. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan.
I got impatient and tried to slice these while they were still warm. DON'T DO THAT. It will be a mess. They set upon cooling and are then a cinch to cut. Other than that hiccup, the recipe is so easy to follow. All the hard work is in the chopping and grating and as I said, I had my food processor for that.
These slices are so yummy. I like them best warmed up with Greek yoghurt (or the labneh I made) and/or tomato sauce. If you want to amp up the health factor I suppose you can serve it with some greens but realistically, there are lots of veggies in there (albeit accompanied with cheese and ham).
I found these to be such an easy lunch option. I froze a few and they reheated without any issues. I would suggest that you can play around with the types of vegetables used too. Omit the ham if you're after something vegetarian.