Recipe Review: Still on the quest for making interesting breakfast options for my husband without eggs, eggs and more eggs I turned to this recipe (ok so it has 2 eggs but not 10 like other recipes we've made). As it was cooking it smelt divine. When I first tasted it I thought "Oh No! Simon is going to hate this! It tastes like cheese!" (My husband has a strange hatred of potato and cheese but likes "most" cooked cheeses). Alas he loved it! Our friend Emma also approved of it so three cheers all round. I think this could be used as a Brunch or Lunch dish with a fancy salad on the side.
Cooking time: 80 to 90 minutes Serves: 8
Preheat oven: 170°
- coconut oil, butter or ghee for greasing
- 2-3 large zucchini for 2 cups zucchini, unpeeled & grated
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 green shallots (spring onions), chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
- zest of one lemon
- 2 large eggs, well beaten
- 1/3 cup goat cheese, crumbled
- drizzle of olive oil
1. Butter/oil a 7-inch spring form pan or medium-sized oven baking dish.
2. Grate the zucchini using food processor with a shredding disc. In a strainer (colander or sturdy sieve), toss the grated zucchini with the salt and let sit for ten minutes. Now aggressively squeeze and press out as much moisture as you can. Set aside.
3. Combine the ricotta cheese, parmesan, shallots, garlic, dill and lemon zest then stir in the eggs and the zucchini. Pour mixture into the tin or dish and place (on a baking sheet if using spring form pan) and in the oven and for sixty minutes. Sprinkle with the goat cheese and return to the oven for another 20 to 30 minutes or until the goat cheese is melted and the cake barely jiggles in the centre (it will set up more as it cools so let it cool completely).
4. If using spring form then let cool five minutes, release the cake from its pan. Serve at room temperature drizzled with a bit of olive oil and a few sprigs of dill.
I honestly think it's perfect just as it is!