Zucchini Slice

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Delicious zucchini slice

Delicious zucchini slice

Using leftovers is always a pain to me. But these days I’m trying to make use of them after reading a lot of recipes from other food bloggers. Also, after using the left over teriyaki salmon to make Teriyaki Salmon Prawn Patties, I was more determined to try to make good use of leftovers.

This Zucchini Slice is another of such adventure. I had a piece of cheddar cheese left over from making a finger food recently. Then I had a tin of SPAM, the only canned food you can find in my house. I usually use it for making fried rice. I also have a few zucchinis and half a red pepper. I wanted to make fritters but then thought that pan frying is just hard work and greasy all over. I fried 3 pieces though and they were really delicious but too crumbly without flour. Finally I added flour and pour into a tin to bake. It came out very delicious.

This recipe is again very easy…just mix everything and bake. It’s also one where you can hide vegetables in it. The cheddar cheese and the SPAM gave beautiful flavour and taste to this slice. Here’s my recipe to share.

2 medium zucchini (washed and grated)
1/2 red pepper (finely chopped)
1 big onion (finely chopped)
6 eggs (lightly beaten)
2C grated cheddar cheese
1C self-raising flour
1/2 tin SPAM (diced)
salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients to mix

Ingredients to mix

Put everything except the flour into a mixing bowl. You don’t need a lot of salt and pepper as the cheese and SPAM are already quite salty.

Mixture before adding flour

Mixture before adding flour

Mix it well. Then add the flour and mix until there are no lumps. Pour into a paper-lined baking tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for about 40 minutes. Test for doneness. It’s cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Baked zucchini slice

Baked zucchini slice

Let it cool down for a while before cutting onto slices to serve. It’s very delicious on its own or with any other dishes. My children didn’t know that I added so much vegetable until I told them. You can imagine their look…haha. They didn’t even know that I added zucchini. See, all mothers need to be smart!

Have you ever tried a savoury slice? What is it called? What other food can you hide vegetables? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Divina  on January 22nd, 2010

You’re in the hidiing mood again. :D I’m supposed to be doing something like this tonight. It’s more of a frittata but doing it in a baking dish. I will be using some zucchini as well but I have some leftover spinach, cheddar cheese and the smoked ham. :)

The Cooking Ninja  on January 22nd, 2010

We make vegetable quiche or bake it with potatoes like I did last night, hiding spinach in it. When hub saw the spinach, he went from happy to disappointed look. LOL!

Cooking Rookie  on January 22nd, 2010

Lovely recipe - I want to try it sometime soon!

Mary  on January 22nd, 2010

@Divina - I am :D Everday I’m thinking how to make my girls eat more vegetables! Tough to be a mother huh. Your frittata sounds very delicious.

@The Cooking Ninja - I can imagine the look on his face :D It happens here often!

@Cooking Rookie - Thanks very much for visiting and your lovely comment. Hope you have fun making and eating.

penny aka jeroxie  on January 22nd, 2010

that really looks like a cake! I don’t mind this at all if I were your kids… I will eat it everyday

Catherine  on January 22nd, 2010

This looks delicious! A perfect way to introduce courgette to my diet, thank you! :)

Mary  on January 22nd, 2010

@Penny aka jeroxie - Can call it a savoury cake :D I don’t mind to eat it everyday too if my kids would :P

@Catherine - Thank you very much. Really can’t tell the courgette in it. All the flavours blend and cover each other very well. Very delicious.

Angie@Angie's Recipes  on January 22nd, 2010

Mary, this is beyond mouthwatering! Fabulous!

Drick  on January 22nd, 2010

I make squash bread during the summer when its really fresh, kinda like cornbread but with veggies and cheese - this looks equally as good

Simply Life  on January 22nd, 2010

wow this looks SOOOO good!

Anna  on January 22nd, 2010

I love to use risotto leftovers and make frittatas, Yours looks delicious.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on January 22nd, 2010

I thought this was going to be a Nigella style courgette cake when I saw the title but I like this savoury slice far more. Don’t think I’ve ever bought spam but I know it’s nice chopped up in special fried rice.

zurin  on January 22nd, 2010

those slices look so good Mary! yea I hate using left overs too but somehow they are always around n we have to work wirh them! ur dish looks fantastic!!

Sushma Mallya  on January 22nd, 2010

looks really good mary…

Mary  on January 22nd, 2010

@Angie@Angie’s Recipes - Thank you very much. This is my first savoury slice and so happy it was very delicious.

@Drick - Your squash bread sounds very delicious. I hope to try that.

@Simply Life - Thank you very much.

@Anna - I haven’t tried making frittatas. Hope to try one of these days.

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - I have not tried courgette cake….sounds delicious. This savoury one is very good….great even as a meal with some salad. SPAM is very delicious for making fried rice…..my favourite way to make fried rice.

@zurin - Thank you very much. I’m sure trying to learn how to make use of leftovers :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thank you very much.

pegasuslegend  on January 22nd, 2010

my goodness how colorful this is very pretty to serve for any brunch love it!

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on January 22nd, 2010

I love the idea of this! I probably would use something other than spam but other than that it sounds and looks great!

Impromptu Diva  on January 22nd, 2010

mary, do you think i could skip the flour? im just wondering? but oh, that will be a quiche then right… well ok lemme try it with the flour haha! great post mary!

Mary  on January 22nd, 2010

@pegasuslegend - Thank you very much for your lovely comment.

@Rochelle (Acquired Taste) - Try it out with different ingredients. You may even get a more delicious slice and share with us :) Maybe even a vegetarian will be delicious.

@Impromptu Diva - I skipped the flour and pan fried it to make fritters but I found it was too crumbly. Maybe you can find a substitute for it.

Mimi  on January 22nd, 2010

Looks great, but not too sure about the Spam.

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie  on January 22nd, 2010

My whole family would love this - an excellent creation and great use of leftovers!

Janice  on January 22nd, 2010

Ah we will convert you to the joys of left overs lol! Great job there.

Kathy Gori  on January 22nd, 2010

wow Mary!! that looks great. I love savory cakes ever more than the sweet ones..wonder how it would work with indian spices added??
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Mary  on January 22nd, 2010

@Mimi - I like Spam. It gives flavour and taste to some dishes. Maybe you can try with other ingredients or even omit it altogether. It’s good to try different ways.

@Natasha - 5 Star Foodie - Thank you very much.

@Janice - I am converted …and a good one :D

@Kathy Gori - I think curry powder and chopped chilies would add extra beautiful flavour to it. If I make again, I’ll do that. Thanks very much for the link. Will surely check that out. Appreciate what pegasuslegend is doing.

Roti n Rice  on January 22nd, 2010

Good idea to bake it in a pan! Looks really yummy! Strange that I should have spam (also one of the few canned stuff) in my pantry and I also use it for fried rice and of course, spam musubi :)

pigpigscorner  on January 22nd, 2010

This reminds me of quiche! Great way of using leftovers, will try this next time!

Trissa  on January 22nd, 2010

Wow Mary - that looks super delicious. I hate to admit it but I do love spam - reminds me of my childhood days when I would have it for breakfast almost everyday. This dish just elevates spam to a new level!

Sortachef  on January 22nd, 2010

Nice. Will you pardon me if I use ham instead of spam? It’s something about the way I was brought up by depression-era parents. Everything else looks divine!

anncoo  on January 22nd, 2010

You’re so creative! I want a big bite on this…very delicious :D

Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes  on January 22nd, 2010

I have the same problem, too. I never know what to do with my leftovers other than just toss it! :) The baked zucchini slices look very appetizing!

noobcook  on January 22nd, 2010

I love zucchini. Using it to make a patty and mixed with spam and veggies look really appealing ^_^

Ellie  on January 23rd, 2010

Love zucchini slice. Healthy yet yummy!

Mary  on January 23rd, 2010

@Roti n Rice - Thank you very much. I think SPAM is the only canned food that my family loves though we don’t take it very often.

@pigpigscorner - I haven’t make quiche yet. Hope to try one of these days.

@Trissa - It reminds me of my childhood days too where we ate a lot of Maling Luncheon Meat with rice.

@Sortachef - I’m sure it would be great too with ham or bacon. I have to try with that too.

@anncoo - Thank you very much :) You can have many, many big bites. I can make the whole tray for you :P

@Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes - I’m so excited to learn how to use leftovers :) I’ll have to learn more.

@noobcook - Thank you very much. Hope you try out soon.

@Ellie - Totally agree with you…..it’s healthy…lots of vegetables in it :P

Donna  on January 23rd, 2010

Sounds like a quick deleicious weeknight meal. Great use of leftovers.

PIERRE  on January 23rd, 2010

Hi mary
in fact I love to cook the leftovers you can be so creative with that :: and you succeded very well !!
Cheers from Paris Pierre

cheah  on January 23rd, 2010

Mary, I will have thise for dinner!

Mary  on January 23rd, 2010

@Donna - Thank you very much.

@Pierre - Oh…I have to learn more from you how to use leftovers :P

@Cheah - You are going to enjoy it :)

Faith  on January 23rd, 2010

This looks really incredible, I love the combination of veggies you used! A couple of other great recipes for hiding veggies are meatballs and muffins! :)

peachkins  on January 23rd, 2010

great way to use leftovers…delicious too..

Mary  on January 23rd, 2010

@Faith - Thanks very much for adding. I make meatballs very often. I have to try the muffins. I’m sure having fun hiding vegetables in food :D

@Peachkins - Thank you very much.

Wendy (The Local Cook)  on January 23rd, 2010

That looks yummy, and a great way to use up leftover veggies!

Mary  on January 24th, 2010

@Wendy (The Local Cook) - Thank you very much.

Caveman Cooking  on January 24th, 2010

Looks great, M2! Love that you winged it. I think I’ll try it with some tofu instead of spam so my herbivore Cavewoman can enjoy it, too.

Foodo  on January 24th, 2010

YUM! Perfect for a Sunday morning breakfast and one I’ll pull out in the summer again when the zucchini is in abundance! ~Mary

Thas  on January 24th, 2010

Now this is what I call leftover makeover and the zucchini slice looks rich and delicious. Great effort! Thanks for accepting my award.

Paul - GetMeCooking  on January 24th, 2010

Hmm, looks good! Nice textures too.

Mary  on January 24th, 2010

@Caveman Cooking - Would be great to know how you make this vegetarian. I love tofu and think it would be delicious, too.

@Foodo - Thank you very much. Have fun making and enjoy eating it :P We had it for dinner as a side dish.

@Thas - Thank you very much for the award again. Love it and appreciate lots.

@Paul - GetMeCooking - Thank you very much.

Christine @ Fresh Local  on January 24th, 2010

Wow! This casserole looks delicious! It’s almost like quiche without the crust.

diva  on January 24th, 2010

oh this is a delicious slice! like a quiche but with all the good stuff i could possibly want. mmmm

Mary  on January 24th, 2010

@Christine @ Fresh Local - Thank you very much. I’ll have to try quiche one day.

@diva - Thank you very much. I’m sure it is delicious with pie crust.

rebecca  on January 24th, 2010

oh wow this is awesome what a creative dish love it

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on January 25th, 2010

Love your Baked zucchini slice and creative idea of cleaning up the leftovers. Zucchini is in season here right now. I just cooked Zucchini frittata last night. Amazingly, watched my daughter ate all veggies inside, hehe…

Mary  on January 25th, 2010

@Rebecca - Thank you very much.

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Thank you very much. We are all smart mothers :D

Chili  on January 25th, 2010

Wow SPAM! Not many would venture into the depths of potted meat rations. Great recipe!

Mary  on January 25th, 2010

@Chili - I think I was brought up eating a lot of SPAM…that’s the reason why :P It combines well though.

kristy  on January 26th, 2010

Mary, this savory cake look amazing! I love the colour mixture as well. I love this kind of cake but not my family. Really sad! So, send me a few slices when you baked one next round huh! Don’t forget…

3hungrytummies  on January 26th, 2010

Wow so much goodies in that beautiful cake :)

Mary  on January 26th, 2010

@kristy - I think you just have to move here to be my neighbour. I’ll feed you a lot…fresh from the oven :D

@3hungrytummies - Yes, you are right…lots of hidden vegetables :P

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