Zucchini Timbales with Basil and Tomato

Two weeks of cold and rain has not done wonders for my garden.

It seems that compromise is not in the weather picture this year.

On Wednesday I had a garden full of green tomatoes, just waiting for the sun to ripen.

On Thursday they gave up, the plants turned brown and the tomatoes are turning ugly.

As to the rest of the plants, the butternut and acorn squashes, the green beans, the zucchini…..

I’m waiting to see if they come back or die.

Only the Rainbow Chard seems happy.

I still have some decent tomatoes ripening on my counter, and I managed to pick a zucchini big enough to make these timbales.

Zucchini Timbales with Basil and Tomato

Total time: 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cup finely shredded zucchini, 1 smallish one 6 – 7″ (16cm) no need to peel
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs Greek yogurt
  • 2oz (60gr) fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 6 – 8 large basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 thick slices ripe tomato, the size of the ramekin if possible
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • olive oil

Zucchini Timbale with Basil and Tomato


  • Lightly oil the bottom and sides of the ramekins. 
  • Whisk together egg, mustard and yogurt.
  • Add zucchini and mix well.
  • Place one slice tomato on the bottom of each ramekin.
  • Sprinkle with paprika
  • Spoon 1/4th of the zucchini mixture on top of each tomato.
  • Arrange the basil leaves, overlapping, on the zucchini.
  • Lay the mozzarella on the basil.
  • Top with remaining zucchini mixture.
  • Put ramekins on a baking sheet and into a pre-heated 400F (200C) oven
  • Bake 25 – 30 minutes, until set.
  • Remove and slide a knife around the sides to loosen.
  • Invert on to the plates
  • Garnish with basil leaves and serve.

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Once again I used cheap mozzarella in this…. Because I still had some.

If you use good mozzarella or Mozzarella di Bufala, there may be ‘water’. Just soak it up with a paper towel before serving.

I am currently in a no-win discussion with mon mari.

You may or may not recall that this is the time of year when the really, really, really big male house spiders are on the prowl for a little action.

If you want to know how I know they’re male spiders, it’s all explained in a post I did a year ago.

The discussion I’m having with mon mari came about this way:

It was late at night, when all the very biggest and bestest spiders are out and about, and I was upstairs, getting ready for bed.

Mon mari was just coming up the stairs.

I turned my head (likely because I saw something horrible out of the corner of my eye) and there, mere inches from my person, was a gigantic spider.

I screamed (mon mari says I yelp), I jumped back, screamed again and ran out of the room.

He would like me not to do that…..

The screaming part.

I tried to explain that it’s an involuntary reaction and I can’t help it, stop it or control it.

I don’t see a spider, pause to consider my options, decide to jump and scream, then proceed to jump and scream.

That’s just not how it works.

I’m across the room, and have executed several screams, before my brain actually registers ‘spider’.

That was two nights ago.

Last night he was in the bedroom when I went into the bathroom.

I nudged the door open and checked all the walls and ceiling I could see. I took a step in and looked behind the door and under the cabinets. I took another step, completed my inspection, then closed the door and brushed my teeth.

He asked me why I did that.

I have no idea what happened to the man I have lived with for years, but the person asking me that question apparently does not know me at all.

I was checking for spiders!!!!!

If I’m looking for them and I see them I don’t scream. It’s only when I’m startled that I scream.

Okay, when I’m looking for them and find them, I may not scream, but I do demand that they be dealt with immediately in what some might call an authoritative voice.

But I don’t scream.

And I never yelp.

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7 thoughts on “Zucchini Timbales with Basil and Tomato”

  1. I still haven’t found any conkers to test whether or not they deter spiders as claimed but if you have any horse chestnut trees in your area, it is worth trying. Don’t come to Africa – we have some seriously big spiders there but one of the most dangerous is actually a small one!
    Sorry your potager has been affected so badly by the weather this year. Everyone is complaining about it.

  2. Gill, funny, but I haven’t seen any chestnut trees of either type here. The most dangerous where I lived in the US was small, too. Scared of them all LOL

    Kate, I do try – but they’re so ugly ‘shudder’

    Zoomie, Thank you – I’ll tell mon mari he’s wrong!

  3. Katie – We too have had a huge increase in spiders this year. I have a so called agreement with spiders that enter my home. They must keep a huge distance…if that distance is infringed upon (and sadly for the spider it does not take much) they will not last a long life in my home. However, if they back off, I leave them to vacate the premises. If they come back…well…to bad so sad for the spider. These critters are just not a welcome guest in my home!

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