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South African Veggie Bake

South African Veggie Bake

This typically South African recipe serves 9 people, and can easily be made a day ahead.

45 ml olive oil
1 onion, large, chopped fine
1 red bell pepper, large, seeded and chopped fine (or use yellow)
120 ml celery, sliced fine
475 ml zucchini, grated (about 3 medium)
15 ml lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
30 ml lemon juice (from same lemon)
5 ml sugar
10 ml seasoning salt (of your choice, plus more salt, to taste)
15 ml thyme leaves, fresh (or 2 teaspoons dried)
3 garlic cloves, chopped and crushed
400 g asparagus, salad cuts (about 9 oz drained)
3 eggs, largest size
240 ml milk
45 ml flour
5 ml baking powder (not soda)
5 ml turmeric
5 ml coarse black pepper
15 ml Tabasco sauce (optional, but try Chipotle Tabasco, very nice!)
240 ml cheddar cheese, grated, mature

Prep the vegetables, which makes it all quicker. Preheat oven to 325 deg F/160 deg C, and generously grease a deep square oven dish, roughly 7 x 7 x 2 inches deep/ 20 x 20 x 5 cm.

Heat the oil over high heat in a large pot, then add the chopped onion, sweet pepper and celery. Fry, stirring often, until softened, about 10 minutes.

Add the grated zucchini and stir into other vegetables Saute for a few minutes, then sprinkle over the lemon zest, juice, sugar, seasoning salt, thyme and garlic. Keep heat quite high right through this sauteeing.

Drain the asparagus in sieve or colander.

When the vegetables in the pot are more or less halfway cooked, pull off the heat. There should be no visible liquid. Stir in the asparagus.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, flour, baking powder, turmeric, pepper and Tabasco (if used) in a bowl. Add more salt if you like.

Tip or ladle the vegetables into the greased dish. Pour over the egg mixture, and stir in the grated cheese. Mix lightly.

Bake for about an hour, or until the pie has risen slightly, is light brown on top, and does not wobble when shaken.

Leave to settle a while, but keep warm. Cut into squares to serve. Will wait happily in a warming oven for a while, and is better tasting the next day!

Less than 45 mins preparation time
About 1 hour cooking time
Serves 9

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