Naked zucchini blossom and potato quiche*

Date luglio 14, 2011

In the winter I was able to write bilingual posts in the evening, after dinner, with a steaming cup of tea at my side and a wool blanket on my legs: what a nineteenth-century image, isn’t it? shall I add a gleaming candle, too? I just want to stress that I used to write my posts on the PC, not by hand on a parchment paper with a pen dipped in ink, so, for the record…

As I have already told you, in these days I’m useless. Just after dinner, my eyes start to close, I feel the urge to lie down outside in the fresh evening air to read a book, to watch a cop tv show with my dad (anyone mad about Chicago Code like me?) or just to do something that is the most precious thing: nothing. A pure, quiet, precious nothing.

On the other hand, sometimes I also feel like going out, because this summer is slipping out of my hands: I want to see my friends, make plans about our upcoming holidays and enjoy Siena or Florence by night, with the lights that turn the Arno and Piazza del Campo in a postcard.

Now let’s count the hours, subtract the office hours, the hours you sleep, the ones that I use to go out or cook .. and what remains? no time to write a post in a proper way!

Nevertheless I had to find the time to write you about this recipe before the zucchini blossoms disappear! Usually I love them deep fried (as I ate last Sunday at Emiko‘s, during an ah-mazing Apulian lunch, stuffed with buffalo ricotta and capocollo), or thinly sliced as main ingredient for an omelette made with fresh eggs and mint.

Last week my new greengrocer friend gave me a bouquet of zucchini blossoms: in a few minutes I was baking a savoury naked quiche* that reminded me of van Gogh’s sunflower paint. You can make it in just five minutes, then spend the time it takes to bake doing your favourite activity. Mine? Lying on a deck chair with a book.

NAKED ZUCCHINI BLOSSOM AND POTATO QUICHE

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 12 zucchini blossoms
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 mozzarella, 125 g each
  • 100 g of fresh goat cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chives, chopped
  • basil
  • bread crumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 ° C.
  2. Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly, then place them slightly overlapping at the bottom of a round cast iron pan suitable for the oven, previously greased with olive oil.
  3. Cover the potatoes with half of the mozzarella, thinly sliced​​. Season with olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped chives and a few basil leaves.
  4. Arrange the open zucchini blossoms in a radial pattern over the mozzarella.
  5. Repeat again with potatoes and mozzarella layers and season each layer with olive oil, salt, pepper and herbs. Finish with the open zucchini blossoms radially arranged.
  6. In a bowl whisk the eggs with salt, pepper and the crumbled fresh goat cheese, then pour over the vegetables, making sure that the egg is distributed evenly throughout the pan.
  7. Sprinkle the zucchini blossoms with the breadcrumbs, the salt, a few flakes of goat cheese and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven covered with a lid (if the pan doesn’t have a lid, cover it with a sheet of aluminium foil) for 20 to 25 minutes. After this time, remove the lid and grill the quiche for about 5 minutes, then remove it from the oven.
  9. Let it sit for ten minutes before serving.

Trying to find a suitable name for this recipe, I got inspired by this naked quiche made by my dear friend Sarka, have a look at her idea to use beet greens in a savoury cake.

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17 Responses to “Naked zucchini blossom and potato quiche*”

  1. Tamara said:

    Juls, this is so perfect!
    I completely understand you..it is sooo hot here in Croatia, above 40 degrees Celsius these days, people are simply capable of only one thing-doing nothing. :)

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    Giulia Risposta:

    I’m happy to inaugurate my new Reply comment function with you! so, what to say, happy nothing to you! here is unbearable as well!

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  2. RavieNomNoms said:

    Ooo yum! That looks so fabulous and colorful! I wish I was having this for my morning snack right now…nomnoms!

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    Giulia Risposta:

    it’s a good idea for the morning snack, or even for breakfast!

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  3. Rosa said:

    It looks so summery and delicious! Perfect sandwiched between two slices of bread. ;-P

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    Giulia Risposta:

    what a good idea! a yummy sandwich, to tuck into your lunch box for work!

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  4. nabeela said:

    lovely colours looking so delicious!!!….cheers:)

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    Giulia Risposta:

    thank you for stopping by!

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  5. Jenn said:

    This is gorgeous – and the blossoms are so summery – love it!

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    Giulia Risposta:

    yes, they represent summer for me as well!

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  6. Kelly said:

    What a gorgeous dish, love your pictures :) This looks so delicious!

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    Giulia Risposta:

    Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!

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  7. Sara said:

    Lovely idea! So versatile as a basic concept too.

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    Giulia Risposta:

    you’re right! you can add whatever vegetable you like! just give a look at this other version as well: http://en.julskitchen.com/vegetarian/dining-out-vegetable-and-feta-cheese-cocotte

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  8. Skylar said:

    This is the only other application I have seen for zucchini blossoms that does not involve frying them. I love it!

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  9. Giulia said:

    actually this is the first time I try them other way than fried, and I’m totally impressed! On a side note, try to stuff them with a soft cheese (ricotta or cottage cheese) and anchovies and then bake them in the oven.. I believe they are super!

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