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This blog has been designed to enlighten the world to sweet and savoury cusine. Personally, my favourite ingredient in cooking is citrus fruits, particually lemons, so I will try to inspire your inner chef to share the interesting flavour of lemons in the most indulgent cupcakes, muffins, cakes, slices, cookies and of course savoury dishes. My collection of recipes can be applied to any situation; formal or informal, in any case they are delicious and will interest your guests! Enjoy preparing and sharing the following recipes for what will be a memorable gathering with friends and family for any occassion.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Zucchini, Ham and Cheese Cups

Recipe from Recipes+
Photos by Yasmin

This is a very unique and clever idea. Essentially this recipe is just another form of mini quiche; however, instead of using pastry to hold the filling, you use ham! I didn't have enough ham for all the mixture this recipe makes so I used pastry cups as well as ham cups. This is the first of my real Easter recipes I'm posting, not because it looks like anything to do with Easter, but because on Easter my family shares a big and beautiful BBQ breakfast which will include this savoury snack. In this way it is linked to Easter. Feel free to share with me what you do on Easter. Do you have a nice breakfast too, or perhaps a special dinner, but more importantly what do you eat while enjoying you family or friend's company? I wish everyone a very happy Easter. Alleluia!
TIP: For something a little different, use pancetta or salami instead of ham or pastry. Also, to make this snack healthier, add other vegetables as well, such as grated carrot or thinly diced capsicum.

(Left side is ham, Right side is pastry)
  • 24 (200g) slices shaved leg ham (or pastry)
  • 2 large zucchini
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup cream (I used skim milk instead)
  • 2/3 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 4 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved (or normal sized tomatoes cut into small slices)
  • Mixed salad, to serve

Preheat oven to 160'C fan forced. Grease a 12 hole mini quiche tray (more if needed). Line each hole with 2-3 overlapping slices of ham to shape the nests. Coarsely grate zucchini; using hands, squeeze out excess liquid.

Whisk eggs and cream in a medium sized bowl. Stir in zucchini and cheese. Spoon mixture into prepared holes. Top with tomato. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked. Remove from oven. Stand for 5 minutes. Serve with salad.


  1. These look delicious! I love savoury things like this. Plus, your idea of using ham is genius!!

    Enjoy your family BBQ.

  2. Thanks Brittany, your very kind, however the ham wasn't my idea it was from Recipes+

    It is a great idea though.


  3. These look fantastic! I love savoury bites like these...!!

  4. These look delicious! I'm having an Easter/spring party over at Seaside Simplicity, these would be perfect to add! :-)

  5. I love the idea of using ham instead of pastry, it's very creative! Thanks for your comment on my blog about your sugar-free experience. Wish me luck on mine!!

  6. Now this kinda recipe is my kinda thing!
    We need more.......!

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