Sunday, August 21, 2011

Mom Pie

Mom today! Bright and early start, about 11 o clock, down to langly to the farmer's market. I was worried about the traffic, being island county fair weekend and all, but it was a breeze. The market is in Bayview, I really don't know if that is a budding new town or just the name of a neighborhood or strip mall, I forgot to ask. It was right next to this huge barn on the side of the highway where Shannon and I used to take gymnastics, long, long ago. Random, useless fact thrown in there for ya. The market was nice, small, only one or two big veggie stands and two great places to buy fruit. Shannon has been raving about the pluots from this market- they are the main reason we made the jaunt. She got a big bag of them, as well as some peaches and all her veggies for the week. I got a mix of donut peaches, plums, and pluots, and some gorgeous red onions. We had lunch at a little asian restaurant next door- good- and then had ice cream bars from the local ice cream maker's son's cart. He was maybe 15, made a great recommendation on the strawberry rhubarb bar dipped in dark chocolate. Fantastic. Mom got loganberry, Shannon got black cherry. Highlight of the trip, for sure.

My farmer's market loot

Check out those onions!

 Then we stopped in a little market and picked up dinner supplies and we were off. Shannon steered us to an enormous thift store on the way home, two stories, we only had time for a quick browse, the ladies were getting tired. While they napped, I popped home to get my box of blocks that need to be sanded. Mmm, story for another time about that. Then we made dinner. Pie, of course.

Shannon is a great block sander.

Lots more to be sanded.
Luckily, rainbow won't play with them till it's at least  2 so we have some time!

Shannon had a couple of big zucchini that needed to be used up, so we found a recipe online for a zucchini pizza crust. I was a bit skeptical, but went for it anyway. The thing had more cheese in it than zucchini, so it couldn't go too wrong, right?

Mmm, sticky mess!

But it baked up just great. 

Of course, it required flipping!

Add toppings,

More cheese!

Pizza Pie!

Top with Shannon's homemade pico de gallo and sour cream, yum!

Zucchini pie

4 c shredded zucchini, green or yellow- or both!
1 c flour
2 eggs, beaten
3/4 c grated parm
1/2 c grated mozz
Salt, pepper, herbs of choice

Our pizza topping:
1 pork tenderloin
1/2 c or so salsa
1 onion, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1/4 c or so shredded mozz

Handful cherry tomatoes, chopped
Onion, chopped
Bell pepper, chopped
lime juice

Sour Cream

The shredded zucchini needs to be super dry! I grated it, mixed it with a t or so salt, pressed it down in a colander, and let it sit for an hour. Then i squeezed it by the handful as hard as I could into the sink. Then I rolled it up in a paper towel and squeezed it again. 
Heat oven to 350
Mix nice, dry zucchini in a bowl with the flour and spices, add the cheese and mix it up. Pour in the beaten eggs and mix again. I did it with my hands.  Grease a cookie sheet, one with sides, just in case. Pour on the zucchini mixture and spread it out as best you can. Aim for about a 1/4 in thick. Bake for 25 minutes. After that time, kick the oven onto broil for 3-4 minutes, watch it closely! When it's bubbling and getting brown on top, you gotta flip it! I put a second cookie sheet on top, flipped, then slid it back onto the original sheet. Bake that side for a few minutes, just to be safe. 
In the meantime, saute the onions in a bit of oil, add pork and carrots, salt, and cook until the meat's about done. Add the salsa and simmer until most of the liquid is gone. Pour it onto the crust, top with cheese and bake until the cheese is brown and bubbly. I hit it with the broiler again for the last 2 minutes or so to get the cheese nice and toasty. Serve with the pico and sour cream on the table. 
It's a fork pizza for sure. 

Turning the thing into pizza was the inspiration we had for tonight's dinner but this zucchini crust would be fantastic on it's own, for breakfast, with salad, or just about any other way you could think of. Any pizza toppings would work great, if you go the pizza route, the base is so neutral that it would compliment lots of different flavors. I will be making this one again, there is no doubt. Great recipe.

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