Zucchine Rotonde al Forno, con Uova, Pancetta, Mozzarella e Menta
Oven-Baked Egg & Round Zucchini with Peppers, Mint & Bacon
You all know by now that I see the situation of having but a handful of ingredients in the fridge as a fun opportunity and a challenge rather than a problem- there is always something cool that can be concocted! As long as you have some herbs, spices and a few basics at hand that is- and are not afraid to use them!
Tonight I was feeling fearless again- I had one of those little round zucchini's left over and wanted to do something fun with it- but not to stuff it again, as I already did that on Sunday. I had a small piece of Mozzarella, some fresh herbs, some red pointed pepper and eggs a-plenty. And the result of it all was this right here!
The first step was to start frying a little finely chopped bacon in a non-stick pan. This would be the only fat that would go into this dish- you are familiar by now with how I like to "prime" my pan with the natural fats in the ingredients I am using anyway. So- first brown the bacon, then remove it and fry the zucchini lightly from each side for 2-3 minutes, just so they are half done.
At this point turn on your oven, to a high heat, and get that oven-dish hot and ready- it won't take long to get the rest ready!
Finely chop a handful of both parsley and fresh mint, crack 2 eggs into a bowl and beat, together with a splash of milk, some salt and pepper and grated nutmeg. Finely chop a spring onion and a half of a red pointed pepper, take that hot baking dish out of the oven- and let's get busy putting our little meal together!
Carefully position the zucchini slices and then pour in the frothy beaten egg mix, which will immediately start to sizzle. Now sprinkle with the finely chopped Spring onion and pepper, the chopped bacon and a little Mozzarella cheese. Season with a final sprinkle of salt, pepper and nutmeg and pop into a hot oven for 15-20 minutes, until the egg has set, then turn on the broiler for 1-2 minutes to get everything golden brown. Feeling hungry? You will be when you open your oven door and smell it... and the flavor is better still! Enjoy!