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“I made this for lunch one day when there wasn’t much in the fridge to eat, just a zucchini, a tomato, shredded cheese, and some old stuff in the cupboard. Came out pretty tasty. It was quick to make and didn’t mess up the kitchen much, so I thought it was worth writing down and sharing.”
READY IN:
20mins
SERVES:
5
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 medium size zucchini
  • 1 large ripe tomatoes (e.g. beefsteak)
  • 23-1 cup garlic-flavored croutons (I used butter and Garlic Chatham Village brand)
  • 34 cup shredded cheese (I used some leftover store brand Mexican' and 'Pizza' Blends together)
  • 1 -2 tablespoon rosemary-infused olive oil (or any infused or extra virgin olive oil)
  • 14-12 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 14-12 teaspoon sea salt
  • balsamic vinaigrette (for dressing)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 Farenheit, and get a glass pie dish.
  2. Slice zucchini lengthwise into ½ inch strips.
  3. Lay zucchini strips on bottom of pie plate to roughly cover the bottom. Small spaces are ok.
  4. Sprinkle ~1/3 to 1/2 cup of the croutons (I really just eyeballed it - a couple of handfuls).
  5. Slice the stem end of the tomato off, then slice the rest of the tomato into six ½ inch slices. Arrange the largest 5 slices around the edge, and put the smallest slice in the center.
  6. Sprinkle another layer of croutons, 1/3-1/2 cup or so.
  7. Drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil all around (again I just eyeballed it).
  8. Grind pepper over the top so the whole top is dusted lightly (~1/4 to 1/2 tsp worth, or to your liking).
  9. Sprinkle sea salt all around (again 1/4 to ½ tsp or to your liking).
  10. Cover with layer of whatever shredded cheeses you have.
  11. Bake in 450 F oven for about 11 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake until the cheese looks browned and sort of crispy ~3-5 minutes (or whenever it looks good to you – my croutons got pretty brown).
  12. Remove from oven. Slice, like a pie, between each tomato slices (i.e. into fifths).
  13. Remove piece with spatula, to plate or bowl and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette to your taste.

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