Saturday 19 August 2017

Zucchini, Red Pepper and Duck Egg Strata

It's peak season for summer veggies and I've got plenty to choose from in the garden (or more to the point, sitting on my kitchen counter!).  This dish is versatile and can be served at any meal ... breakfast with a side of bacon, lunch with a salad or dinner alongside your favourite protein.

The veggie topping and choice of cheese can be changed with just about anything.  Maybe some onions and peppers with monterey jack cheese, or chopped broccoli and parmesan?  The version I've made here (zucchini and red pepper) would be good with blue cheese on top instead of the goat cheese.

Set oven to 400 degrees F.   Lightly oil a deep dish pie pan.

Whisk together in a bowl:
  • 3 duck eggs (or 5-6 chicken eggs, you need about 1 cup of egg)
  • 1 cup milk (I used almond milk, but regular 2% is fine)
  • 2/3 cup aged cheddar or your choice of cheese
  • 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
Then add in:
  • 4 cups of cubed bread (something crusty like a baguette).  

Mix together, then pour into the prepared pan and let sit.

Saute, olive oil, until softened:
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced (I used 2 corno di toro)
  • 1 cup of zucchini, sliced into half-moons (I used the colourful Zapolitto del Tronco squash)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, and salt & pepper

Arrange on top of the bread and egg mixture.  Dot with a bit of goat cheese. Bake about 25 minutes, until bread has puffed and browned.

1 comment:

  1. That looks very delicious, I'll give it a try with some of our summer squash and peppers.