I think my favorite way to cook is to…
A) Use up ingredients that are… on their last leg.
C) Cook an ingredient that I have never cooked before… or better yet, seen!
D) All of the above.
Answer D. But today, we’re having fun with C.
I guess Yellow Zucchini isn’t totally outlandish. But I’d never seen it before. Zucchinis are green! Not only was this yellow, this zucchini was yellow — super bright, golden yellow, even more so than our mainstay summer squashes. I got one from a local farmer’s market, but I didn’t know what I’d do with it. It would have to be something interesting, new, exciting….
So I did a little digging and found this lovely recipe on Chocolate and Zucchini.
Check out that crusssstttt…
But as usual, I did some tweaking.
Yellow Zucchini Tarte Fine (with yogurt based, whole wheat crust and yogurt-pesto sauce)
Adapted from Chocolate and Zucchini
180 grams or 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
120 grams or 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup (half a stick) unsalted butter, cold, diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
1 cup yogurt, mixed with 1/4 cup basil pesto
a dozen fresh basil leaves
1 yellow zucchini, about 10 ounces or two very small zucchinis, mandolined into thin rounds
salt to taste
Place flour in a medium bowl, and make a well in the center. Add yogurt and diced butter and salt. Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut the butter (by slicing the knives together) and combine with flour. I eventually used my hands to really get that butter merged with flour–not sure if this is proper, but it worked. Form into a small disc and wrap in plastic wrap; chill for an hour or up to a day.
Allow the dough to come to just below room temperature. Place on parchment paper, add another piece of parchment on top, and roll out thinly. Crimp the edges.
Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds all over, and place parchment paper back on and roll a few times to ingrain them into the dough. Yay sesame-seed-flavored, crunchy crust!
Leave the top piece of parchment on. Put baking beans all over to weigh it down, or dried kidney beans. You can probably leave them off if you don’t have any.
Bake at 360° (not 350!) for 25 minutes.
Beat egg. Brush egg wash on crust. Bake two more minutes.
Allow to cool completely.
Meanwhile, grill zucchini, or leave raw, if fresh enough; I chose to grill.
Next, spread the yogurt mixture thickly all over. Top with zucchini rounds. Sprinkle basil leaves and leftover sesame seeds, if you have them, on top. Cut with a kitchen scissor (my favorite apparatus for pizza and the like) and SERVE!
So good. The crust–flaky, light, delicate yet rustic, which superb flavor from the sesame and butter. The crust held up well, even after a few hours of having been assembled with the topping ingredients. You can’t even tell yogurt is in the crust. Whole wheat pastry flour wins again!
Combination of ingredients–also delicious. The caramelization of the zucchini rounds truly brought out their sweetness and elevated the dish. Just a wonderful play of flavors and textures. Would totally make again.