Rice Crusted Zucchini Pie

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I’m not sure if you ever heard of Ole and Lena. Well, they live here up north in Minnesota loving life and bumbling around. They will make you laugh for sure especially if you put on your best “Up North” Minnesota accent when you read or tell one of their jokes. I always heard lots of Ole and Lena tales from my dad after he moved far north to Duluth.

Here’s one for you – remember the accent!

Vell, don’tcha know, old Ole got sick and vus dyin’ in his bed. And vhile vaitin’ for her old husband to kick duh bucket, Lena started in to cookin’. She vus makin’ lefsa and a nice zucchini hotdish. Well, Old Ole, he loved nuttin’ better than Lena’s hotdish, and ven he smelled it from da deathbed, up he went to da kitchen. Vhen Lena saw dat he vas eatin’ a plate of hotdish and lefsa she took it from him and said, “Ole, vat are ya doin’? Dat hotdish is for duh funeral don’tcha know!”

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Rice Crusted Zucchini Pie Recipe

Prep:

Make two cups brown rice, saute onions and garlic, slice zucchini, devein and steam dinosaur kale and puree sauce.

Crust Ingredients:

2 cups brown rice, uncooked

1 bunch dinosaur kale

1 tsp. canola oil

1 egg

1/4 tsp. salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. After the rice cooks, turn it out into a large bowl. Fold in the oil, salt and egg first. When it is well mixed, gently fold in the kale. Press this into an oiled baking pan. I used a large 9x13ish pan. Bake the crust for 15 minutes to allow it to firm up a little. This photo is the crust before I baked it.

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Toppings:

2 Vadalia onions sliced and sauteed

8 cloves garlic, sauteed

3 thinly sliced zucchini

2 thinly sliced yellow squash

parmesan cheese

Directions: While the crust bakes, saute the onions and garlic. Then slice the squashes into thin rounds.

Sauce Ingredients:

8 ounces feta

5 roma tomatoes

1 handful fresh basil

Directions: Puree together with a food processor.

Assembly: Think of this like a pizza. You make the crust, top it with sauce, add other delicacies and finally, cheese. With this monster, after you bake the crust you will first spread the onion and garlic saute, then add the sauce and finally, decorate with the squash rounds and a sprinkle of cheese.

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6 thoughts on “Rice Crusted Zucchini Pie

  1. Around here, you best not leave the windows down on your car or else you’ll end up with more zucchini than you can make pies with!

    Hey sis, those Ole and Lena jokes eventually turned into Toivo and Eino jokes. I guess being Norwegian wasn’t cool anymore. 🙂

    • Got any good Toivo and Eino Jokes? I’m not up on those two…I do have the windows up however!

      Tell Karen I have writer’s block on that package! (wink, wink and whisper)

  2. The recipe seems incomplete. For example, how long do you bake for after you put the casserole together, and at what temperature. I have looked several times and can’t seem to find that final piece of direction.

    • Oh my! I am such a throw it in and take it out when it’s bubbly and browned on the top type of girl. I hope you found an appropriate time for the final bake? It has been so long since I have made this dish, but I would imagine 30-40 minutes would be about right. Please let me know what worked for you…so sorry.

  3. Delicious! Tastes like a healthy version of lasagne! I replaced kale with beet greens, and the feta with cottage cheese. I didn’t have enough fresh tomatoes so I used a can of crushed tomatoes.

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