Friday, September 9, 2011

Impossible Zucchini Pie

Impossibly Easy Zucchini Pie

Have you ever had one of those days where everything seemed like one big coincidence? Let me tell you how I came to make my zucchini pie.

My friend and co-worker, Brenda, is forever bringing me all sorts of veggies from her sister's farm back home. This week was all about string beans and zucchini, or summer squash as she calls it.

Usually, I'm all about making that zucchini into a nice fattening loaf of Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread (and I did), but this time I also wanted to make something a little healthier. As it happens, another co-worker, Jan, stopped at my desk to give me a copy of a recipe she had printed out from the Betty Crocker site (if you haven't guessed, food is the main topic of conversation at work). At any rate, the recipe she handed to me was for an Impossibly Easy Zucchini Pie. Immediately, I was transported back in the early '80's in San Diego. Pete was in law school back then, and we hung out with a lot of his law school buddies. They were all nice guys, but we rarely had a chance to socialize with other couples. Luckily, one of his classmates was engaged to be married and we had a chance to spend some time with him and his fiancee. For our first get together, we spent the day in Tijuana, Mexico and then we had dinner at their apartment. We were students, so cash was tight, but the simple meal we shared was really tasty---it was a vegetable impossible pie. 

It wasn't long after that we moved out of California and lost touch. Years later, we saw that Pete's friend had  become very successful--we spotted him on 48 Hours or 20/20--he was a hot shot. Pretty cool. And then I didn't think of him or his wife again...until I saw that recipe. I folded it up and put it in my purse, figuring I might give it a try. It would require a stop at the store for Bisquick and I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it, although it does call for the "Heart Smart" variety.

Pete picked me up from work and as I got in the car, he handed me a printout from the computer. "You have to read this..." he, says. The article he printed out was all about our former friend from San Diego! How weird is that? It wasn't a nice article--he's in some hot water--really hot water. The FBI may or may not be involved....hmmm. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes. All I could think of, though, was how weird that I hadn't thought of him in so many years and then in one afternoon.....

So now I had to buy the Bisquick. Strange universe vibes were at work here. Must. Make. Impossible.Pie.

Ok, so it looks almost healthy...I'll give it a try.

Easy to put together. Shredded zucchini, diced tomatoes, chopped onions....I was out of Parmesan cheese, so I subbed cheddar.

Mixed up a little of the mix with some milk and an egg...

Poured it over the cheese and veggies....

Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes...

And, Voila!...Impossible Pie.

Here it is--the pie that was meant to be.

Impossibly Easy Zucchini Pie  a.k.a. Coincidence Pie


  1. Love this idea! I too have a bunch of zucchini and am using it up this weekend. I went for a cake, but savory options would be nice as well ;)!

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  3. OK, this looked so good, I had to open the pics full size so I could drool over them. I've only made one "impossible" pie. It was a coconut something or other a few years back. It really is cool how it all comes together. I'll have to try this with a side of bacon or potatoes next time we're in the mood for a breakfast supper. (only because we're not morning people) ;)

  4. Amy, I've made this twice now, but I'm on to the zucchini bread next. Cake? Oh yes, I'll have to try that, too!

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    Chris--that was the last impossible pie I made, too! The classic coconut pie--really retro--made it in the '70's.

  5. Oh wow, this looks and sounds fantastic..Love how you made it and photos are gorgeous!

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