Monday, 27 July 2015

Cheesy Courgette and Bacon Flan

Full of flavour with cheese and smoked bacon, this quiche gives you an extra helping of veg with the courgette packed into the filling.
Cheesy Courgette (Zucchini) & Bacon Quiche - make the most of the summer bounty
Hands up who has courgettes coming out of their ears already? Not literally of course. That could be, erm, uncomfortable to say the least. Courgette season is fast approaching though, and even though the plants my mum is growing for me are being a bit slow this year, I've got courgette recipes on the brain. I thought it would be nice to share with you something I made last year but didn't get round to posting so you'll have a head start of courgette ideas when the time does come. 
Cheesy Courgette (Zucchini) & Bacon Quiche - make the most of the summer bounty
I normally stick to showing off the sweet recipes that I've added courgettes to like this double chocolate chunk loaf or this peanut butter swirl version. The humble fruit (yes really, courgette isn't a vegetable) adds a brillliant level of moisture and beautiful flecks of green without ruining the bake with a strange flavour. They are also wonderful in muffins and you can healthify a brownie to legitimise stuffing them with Nutella. I have had some blog worthy savoury courgette recipes though including these cheesy fritters and this comforting pasta bake. Now it is the turn of this flan. Quiche? Savoury tart? Whatever you prefer.
Cheesy Courgette (Zucchini) & Bacon Quiche - make the most of the summer bounty
I started off by using the same technique to prepare the courgette as I do for the pasta bake - slice, sprinkle with salt and leave to allow the salt to draw out the excess moisture. Then remove the water and exces salt and gently fry until the courgette slices break down. Cooking the bacon and onion boosts the flavour to the extraordinary - the salty smokiness from the bacon, the piquant savoury notes of the onion, the nutty creaminess of the cheese all rounded off by a selection of herbs and a generous sprinkling of black pepper. And that is before you bite into the tender and buttery oh-so-short pastry case. 
Cheesy Courgette (Zucchini) & Bacon Quiche - make the most of the summer bounty
We ate this for dinner with a serving of green beans on a summer evening and it was a perfectly balanced meal. Satisfying but not too heavy to cause discomfort in heat of the season. It is just as good warm as it is fresh from the oven, or even cold which is my favourite way to eat it. If there are any leftovers they are great for lunch and I've even been known to eat them for breakfast. I wish the plants would hurry up and startproducing courgettes. Typing this has made me crave this flan all over again.


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Cheesy Courgette and Bacon Flan
Full of flavour with cheese and smoked bacon, this quiche gives you an extra helping of veg with the courgette packed into the filling.
Ingredients
  • 170g plain flour
  • 85g butter or block Stork, chilled and diced
  • Splash of cold water
  • 2 small courgettes, ends trimmed and sliced thinly
  • Salt
  • 3-4 slices of smoked bacon, trimmed of fat and sliced
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • A generous squeeze of garlic puree
  • A good handful Red Leicester cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • Parsley or chives, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 4 large eggs
  • Approx 150ml milk
Instructions
1. Rub the buuter or Stork into the flour until it resembles coarse breadbrumbs. Add enough water to bind it together into a ball. Dust a work surface with a little flour and roll out to a few mm thick. Use to line a 8" flan tin. Trim the edges leaving about 1cm of pastry proud of the tin edge.2. Chill the pastry case while the oven heats to 200 C/180 C fan with a baking sheet inside. Once ready, remove the pastry case from the fridge, prick the base with a fork and line with a sheet of baking parchment. Cover the base with ceramic baking beans, dried pulses or dried rice. Bake for about 20 mins on the hot baking sheet then carefully remove the beans and parchment and bake for another 5-10 mins until the pastry is golden brown and looks dry. Reduce the oven to 170 C/150 C fan.3. While the pastry case is baking, place the courgette slices on a plate and sprinkle with salt. Leave for 10 mins then rinse under cold water in a sieve and squeeze out any excess water.4. Heat a little oil over a medium heat and gently fry the courgette slices. Keep stirring every so often and they will begin to break down. Add the onion, bacon and garlic and continue to cook until the onion has softened.5. Whisk the eggs, milk, mustard and seasonings together in a jug - it should come to roughly 3/4 pint. Stir in the cheese. Once the courgette, bacon and onion are cooked transfer to the pastry case and carefully pour over te egg mixture. Return to the oven and bake until the egg mixture has just a slight wobble in the centre - about 30 mins.6. Remove from the tin and enjoy hot, warm or cold.

I'm sending this to Kirst at Hijacked By Twins who is the new host of CookBlogShare. Also to Helen at Casa Costello for Bake of the Week.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for this recipe. We already have courgettes coming out of our ears so I will be trying this one.

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  2. Oooh thank you for sharing this delicious recipe on #CookBlogShare we grow courgettes and I am always looking for new ways to use them up! x

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    1. So glad you like it! Courgettes are both a blessing and a curse aren't they?!

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  3. Love courgettes and can't wait to bake with it especially since I've bookmarked your chocolate courgette loaf. This flan looks absolutely delicious and it's full of my favourite flavours. Pass the plate please :)

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    1. That's so good to hear Ros. I hope the courgette loaf doesn't disappoint. I look forward to hearing what adaptations you make - I know they'll be delicious.

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