Sunday, October 04, 2009

Fall brunch....

I had a wonderful day today celebrating fall with some ladies from the nature center where I used to work. I tried a couple new recipes that turned out quite yummy that I thought I'd share.Zucchini and Potato Pie

1 pound (3 medium) potatoes, scrubbed
boiling salted water
2 Tablespoons butter
2 eggs
8 ounces mozzarella or provolone cheese, diced fine
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 large zucchini, grated
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, or 1/2 tsp. dried, crushed
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 Tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
Directions: Cook potatoes in boiling salted water for 25-30 minutes, until tender. Drain, peel and mash, using a potato masher, ricer or food mill. Stir in remaining ingredients except bread crumbs and 1 Tablespoon butter. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a 9 inch pie plate and sprinkle with half the crumbs. Fill plate with the potato mixture, smoothing top. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs and dot with the remaining butter. Bake 30 minutes until pie is puffed and golden. Makes 4 servings. Make two to three pies depending on how many guests are invited.

I also tried my hand at making German Apple Pancakes. I've always been a huge fan of these, but never tried for myself. All I can say is YUM!

German Apple Pancakes
4 eggs
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 pinch salt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup white sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large tart apple - peeled, cored and sliced

Directions: In a large bowl, blend eggs, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Gradually mix in milk, stirring constantly. Add vanilla, melted butter and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Let batter stand for 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Melt butter in a 10 inch oven proof skillet, brushing butter up on the sides of the pan. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg. Sprinkle mixture over the butter. Line the pan with apple slices. Sprinkle remaining sugar over apples. Place pan over medium-high heat until the mixture bubbles, then gently pour the batter mixture over the apples.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and bake for 10 minutes. Slide pancake onto serving platter and cut into wedges. *I made them in pie pans rather than skillets and it worked out just fine.

Then we got crafty and I pulled out a bunch of my fall stash and we made some fun autumn inspired banners while we chatted away.
What a great way to spend the day!


snowbear said...

Kari it sounds like you had a great day! I have never tried a recipe with zucchini like that before.. will have to give it a try. Now the pancakes I have tried!! :)

Looks like you had some bonding time with the ladies making all of those garlands! Fun was had by all!!

Melody said...

What a fun brunch!

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Alison Gibbs said...

What a fun way to spend a day.

Potoato ricer said...

That looks lush! So creative.

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

I'm making that Potato Zucchini pie soon! Looks fabulous!

Silke said...

Oh, that looks wonderful - creative and delicious! I grew up with the Germany Apple Pancakes - my grandmother used to make them - and they are the best!! :) Silke

Boracay island hotel said...

Wow!!! Thank you for posting the ingredients and directions on how to make Zucchini and Potato Pie. I will really try to do it at home.

Employment said...

That looks heavenly delicious. Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipe.

charlotte said...

gosh, that all looks like so much fun, Kari! are you going to SB this year?
take a minute to stop by and see/enter Beth's giveaway posted on my blog.

Bonnie said...

Hi Kari, your beautiful autumn/fall banners! just gorgeous!

Holly said...

Both of those recipes sound absolutely DELISH! And, I adore your fall banners! Hope your week is off to a great start. :0)

Dianna said...

This time of year puts me in the mood for comfort foods, Halloween treats, and baking with apples.

emergency plumbing in liverpool said...

We would be very delighted to try your wonderful recipes. They look all delicious and appetizing. Thank you for sharing!

vivian said...

Oh my... darn weight watchers.. that spread looks delightful!

bekapirwitz said...

thanks for sharing these recipes... definitely going to try them!

Potato Ricer said...

Lovely recipe! Am i right in thinking Zuchini is the same as courgette? Im in the UK andthats what they told me at the supermarket. If its not.. then it works prety well with courgette also lol!

potato ricer said...

Yes.. Zuchini is the same as courgette. Just thought i'd add that. Thought i'd get a blank look in the supermarket, but they actually new this one!

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