The end of the growing season brings with it a flurry of activity that can exhaust the most hardy of soulsâ€”harvesting, canning, preserving, baking, freezing and finally, putting the garden to bed. What better time to take a breather and celebrate the season with family and friends.
At harvest time, there arenâ€™t many people who donâ€™t have a plethora of zucchini to use up. This dish is a favorite of mine for putting the prolific vegetable to good use.
~ Lynda King, Hobby Farm Home “Country Fare” columnist
- 1, 10-inch, deep dish pie crust, baked
- 1 lb. zucchini, shredded
- 1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage
- 2-4 T. olive oil
- 1 cup Swiss cheese, shredded
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2Â cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2Â tsp. salt
- 1/4Â tsp. white pepper
Remove casing from sausage and sautĂ© in 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil until no pink remains. Drain and set aside. Squeeze excess moisture from zucchini and sautĂ© in 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil until tender, about 5 minutes. Spread zucchini evenly on bottom of pie shell. Sprinkle crumbled sausage and Swiss cheese over zucchini. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Add milk, heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and white pepper; blend well. Pour over ingredients in pie shell.
Bake at 450 degrees F for 15 minutes; lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until center is almost firm, but still soft. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Serves 6.