Thursday, August 14, 2008

'SUN-KISSED' SUNFLOWERS ~ CASHEW ZUCCHINI CRESCENT PIE


Ah, Sunflower

by William Blake (1757-1827)

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Ah, sunflower, weary of time,

Who countest the steps of the sun;

Seeking after that sweet golden clime

Where the traveller's journey is done;

Where the Youth pined away with desire,

And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,

Arise from their graves, and aspire

Where my Sunflower wishes to go!

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CASHEW ZUCCHINI CRESCENT PIE
~ A summer favorite for over thirty years. Perfect for brunch with a fruit salad or dinner with grilled steak.
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8 oz. can Pillsbury Crescent rolls
1 cup or more cashew nuts
4 medium zucchini squash
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 crushed clove garlic
1 tsp. dill weed or more to taste
1/4 tsp. coarse salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
2 large organic eggs
8 oz. small cubed or shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or mixture 1/2 Monterey and 1/2 cheddar or Colby)
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
additional dill for garnish
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Separate crescent dough and press into 9-10 inch pie or quiche pan to form crust. Seal well and flute edges. Sprinkle bottom of crust liberally with cashews to cover bottom.
  • Slice squash 1/8-inch thick and saute in butter. Add garlic, dill and season with salt & pepper. Spoon into crust.
  • Beat eggs and pour over zucchini. Top with cheese, parsley, and additional dill.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let rest before serving. (This is a great make-ahead dish that reheats well.)

13 comments:

Bren said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your sunflowers. Isn't it crazy - I posted some sunflowers of mine today before I even knew you were thinking that! GREAT MINDS THINK A LIKE!
Have a fabulous Friday Garden Friend. That zucchini pie looks YUMMO!

HUGS to you !

Marysol said...

What's not to love about the ingredients in your Zucchini Pie.

Joey, your sunflower images are the epitome of Summer. I picked up some of these yesterday (not from my own garden [weep for me] but from a local market) and can't stop admiring them, much like your pictures.

joey said...

Thanks Bren and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your sunflowers also. Indeed 'great minds think alike' ;)

I agree, marysol. Sunflowers speak of summer, their time to shine. And yes, even if one doesn't like zucchini, each cheesy forkful has huge chunks of cashews!

joey said...

Thanks Bren and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your sunflowers also. Indeed 'great minds think alike' ;)

I agree, marysol. Sunflowers speak of summer, their time to shine. And yes, even if one doesn't like zucchini, each cheesy forkful has huge chunks of cashews!

Brenda Kula said...

My very favorite color!
Brenda

Rose said...

Enjoyed your sunflower photos, but especially the first and the last--they really do represent summer in all its glory.

I didn't plant zucchini this year, so I'll have to wait to try this recipe. It looks quite yummy and different--I thought I'd tried every recipe using zucchini that exists:)

Jane Marie said...

Joey, this is a very diffrent zucchini recipe. I especially like the Pillsbury Crescent Rolls for the crust. Lately I've been quite lazy; a little like a feel when I see a field of sunflowers. They mellow me right out. Oh, how I'm loving this summer!

kate smudges said...

Yum ... this recipe looks delicious. Your photographs are gorgeous. I loved the quote from Helen Keller and the poem from William Blake.

Happy weekend to you!

joey said...

Mine also, Brenda. Thanks ;)

Everyone can use ANOTHER zucchini recipe this time of year, Rose. Grab some at the Farmer's Market or local road stand. This is yummy and good enough to pass the test of time for many years.

Jane Marie ... Crescent Rolls make a fun crust for quiche when one is in a hurry and 'feelin' a bit lazy'. Though not short on calories, a smaller piece will fill a tall 'satisfying' order for flavor.


Hi Kate ... this recipe IS delicious and thanks for your kind thoughts. Loving my sister who is recently legally blind, this quote holds special meaning for me also.

Catherine said...

Beautiful Sunflower captures Joey!
I LOVE the last multi~exposure, it is stunning!
And your Summer brunch sounds delicious! ~Looking forward to trying your Zucchini recipe!
Beautiful post Bloggin Sis! :D
Hug's
Cat

joey said...

Thanks Cat ... do try the zucchini pie and think of me! (((Hugs)))

Di DeCaire said...

It's funny, I went to your blog this morning, didn't leave a comment, and then you visited me. I enjoy your photo manipulations but have not been able to get good results doing it myself and I'm not sure why. Anyways, I love the sunflowers.

joey said...

So good to hear from you, Di. Life gets a bit crazy and hard to visit all the places I enjoy. Do glad you popped over for a visit ... I've missed you. :)