Egg and bacon, tomato and basil, pumpkin and feta, potato and rosemary – ingredients that are destined to be together.
When they are combined the result is (mostly) a winning meal. In this instance you have the perfect picnic food, or lunch box item for when the kids return to school.
I added our first Summer Zucchini harvested for the year to this dish. I find zucchini to be incredibly versatile in cooking as it does not have a strong flavor of it’s own. It happily blends in with whatever it is combined with. Plus it is obviously adding nutrients to the meal.
The first time I made this recipe I attempted to make it a little leaner by not including very much cheese. It was a little bland so do make sure that you do not skimp on the cheese. Alternatively you could add some tomato chutney or chilli jam on the side.
- 100 grams of bacon - chopped into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1 shallot - chopped
- 1 medium sized zucchini - grated
- 5 eggs - lightly whisked
- ½ cup cheese - grated
- 200 grams ricotta (light)
- ¾ cup self raising flour
- generous pinch salt
- three grinds of cracked pepper
- 12 or more fresh sage leaves - torn
- Turn on the oven to heat to 170 degrees
- Heat a pan over medium heat and add the oil, shallot and bacon
- Stir until the bacon is cooked
- To a mixing bowl add all of the ingredients, except the flour, and stir until well combined
- Add the flour and stir gently to incorporate
- Grease a slice tray and pour in the mixture
- Give the tray a jiggle to settle the mixture evenly in the tray
- Bake in the oven for 20 - 25 minutes until browned on top
- Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool prior to removing from the tray and slicing.
- Serve warm or cold and with a salad or vegetables of choice
Grab the picnic rug this weekend, as it is forecast to be lovely and cool after a week of extreme heat. Make this slice and let the kids burn off some of the energy they have pent up from being indoors. Alternatively, pin or tag this recipe for school lunch box ideas.
What is your favorite ingredient combination?
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