...because home doesn't happen overnight.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.”

Congrats to Brenda who likes to shred then freeze her zucchini surplus in 2-cup increments. So clever!

zucchini pie 1

My dad gave me four 5+ lb. zucchini from his garden last week. They were HUGE. (I’ve shown a 12″ ruler for scale.) We like zucchini and all but, seriously, what does one do with >20 lbs. of it?! I did the only logical thing I could think of. I called my grandma. She has a killer recipe for zucchini pie and it tastes just like apple pie, if not better. In fact, the first time she serves it to you, she tells you it’s apple pie. Only after you scarf it down and go on and on about how good it is does she reveal the secret ingredient – zucchini! Keep reading for the recipe.

zucchini pie 2

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT APPLE PIE! (a.k.a. ZUCCHINI PIE …but don’t tell anyone that part)

Preheat oven to 400°F.

4 c. peeled, deseeded, sliced zucchini (sliced smaller than shown above…that’s just a pretty picture ;) ) *For a softer filling, precook the zucchini. We like ours firm so I didn’t cook the zucchini first.*

2 T. lemon juice

dash of salt

In a large bowl, mix zucchini, lemon juice and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, combine the following ingredients:

1½ c. sugar

1½ t. cinnamon

1½ t. cream of tartar

3 T. flour

dash of nutmeg

Mix well then pour the sugar mixture over the zucchini. Toss to coat. Pour zucchini filling into a 9″ pie crust. (My grandma says she “cheats” and uses the refrigerated Pillsbury pie crusts. So I cheated, too, because if it’s good enough for my grandma, it’s good enough for me. Also, I had TWENTY POUNDS of zucchini to peel and slice. No time for pie crust made from scratch. You will need two crusts – one for the bottom and one for the top.) Dot with butter. Cover with top crust then pinch bottom and top crust edges together. Use a fork to vent the top crust. Or knock yourself out and make an intricate lattice top crust or something equally fancy that totally intimidates me.

Bake at 400°F for 40 minutes or until golden brown. (After 15-20 minutes of bake time, cover the edges of the pie crust with foil and continue baking.) The good news is even if it tastes bad, your house is going to smell amazing. But, don’t worry, it’s going to taste so good.

zucchini pie 3

That, my friends, is the very first pie I have ever made. And it probably doesn’t even qualify because I used pre-made crusts. Whatever. My family and friends loved it.

zucchini pie 4

I served it with creamy vanilla ice cream. Obviously, this isn’t a healthy recipe. The only “good” thing in the pie is the zucchini but I’m not sure how good it is once you smother it in sugar.

Anyway.

Maybe you have 20 lbs. of zucchini lying around and don’t know what to do with it? Maybe you wanna trick your loved ones with a little apple zucchini pie? You’re welcome.

I ended up getting 3-4 pie fillings out of each zucchini. That’s 12-16 pies! Luckily, my grandma said I could freeze the filling. (Just be sure to blanch the zucchini before freezing.) I baked two then put the rest in the freezer. If you invite me to your house in the near future, chances are good that I will arrive at your doorstep with a zucchini pie in hand.

gowanus boards

In celebration of this monumental event (my first pie!), Gowanus Furniture Co. is graciously offering up a set of cheese boards. Gowanus Furniture Co. was founded in 2011 by an Eagle Scout who believes that “we can have well-designed, locally-made products that are a good value and will last through successive moves to new homes.” Based in Brooklyn, the company is especially focused on small space living and produces sink-top and stovetop cutting boards to take advantage of unused space. The boards can also be hung on the wall with included hardware. But the boards aren’t just useful. There’s a sense of humor behind certain pieces and morse code monograms are always an option. Personally, I have a fondness for things with a hidden sense of humor…my grandma’s I Can’t Believe It’s Not Apple Pie recipe being one of them.

Feeling lucky? See entry details below.

PRIZE: one president long cheese board + one grilled cheese cutting board ($92 retail value)

RULES: You must be at least 18 years old and have a shipping address (no P.O. boxes please) in the U.S. One entry per email address.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post proclaiming “HUMOR ME!”

DEADLINE: Enter before Sunday, August 17th at 9:00 p.m. EST. One random winner will be announced Monday, August 18th.

BUT, WAIT!, THERE’S MORE: Use the discount code “housetweaking14” to score 10% off Gowanus Furniture Co. purchases throughout the month of August.

This post is NOT sponsored. I support quality small businesses and encourage you to do the same. Thanks for reading!

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

534 Comments

11.August.2014

Humor Me!! Love those boards!!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Gorgeous cutting boards!

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11.August.2014

Humor me! Looks like an interesting recipe.

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11.August.2014

Humor me! can’t wait to try the recipe!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Love that long board!

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11.August.2014

Humor Me! Those cutting boards are fantastic.

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11.August.2014

Humor me! I love those cheese boards! I’ll have to try this pie recipe!!

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11.August.2014

humor me!such lovely boards.

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11.August.2014

Humor me! Now I know what to do with all the zucchini my dad just gave me!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME. Love cheese and the boards

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Such pretty boards!

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11.August.2014

Humor me! Those cheese boards are gorgeous.

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11.August.2014

“HUMOR ME!” – I am totally trying this recipe! What fun!!!! (I’m guessing since this is your first pie… you’ve never made a faux-pecan pie? We have food allergies, and so I tried that recipe a few Thanksgivings ago, and NO ONE knew the pie was nut-free! I’m guessing this pie is going to be as deceiving!!! I can’t wait… hehehehe!)

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11.August.2014

Humor Me! Interesting pie, I may have to try that and spring it on my family!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Awesome give away. Zucchini pie, eh? I’m not a fan of it per se. My neighbor grows monster zucchinis as well & we always find them on our door step not knowing what the heck to do with a vegetable the size of my arm! Maybe we’ll give it a try next time.

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME!

Mmmm…pie!!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME!!! Those look amazing!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! I love this recipe idea!…and the boards!

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11.August.2014

Humor me! I have never heard of making a pie out of zucchini. Must try it and then I will pass it on to my own 100 year old grandma who only makes zucchini bread. :)

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! I’m going to try the recipe. Looks delish.

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win. The boards are beautiful!

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11.August.2014

Humor Me! Beautiful boards. Beautiful pie. I have to give it a try.

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! I will try this recipe soon

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Interesting recipe. Love the boards. Discovered your website during the summer and instantly became a daily visitor!

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HUMOR ME!!! Lovely boards and thanks for hosting!

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11.August.2014

Humor Me! Adorable cutting boards!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME!

Zucchini pie? Must try!

Cutting boards on the wall?
Easy storage, good call.

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11.August.2014

Humor me! Thanks for the fun recipe!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME!

I am totally going to make that pie just to “pull a fast one” on the family.
Plus, I’m interested in trying it myself. The only zucchini I eat is the breaded & fried variety………….

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11.August.2014

Humor me!! I am totally trying this recipe! Thanks! :)

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Cool recipe!

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11.August.2014

Humor me!! I need those in my life.

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11.August.2014

Humor me!

I get zucchini from my parents, too. I think this recipe is a must try! Thanks!

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HUMOR ME! I’m in love with those cutting boards…and what a sneaky little pie recipe that is! I’ll definitely have to try it out! =)

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Recipe sounds awesome!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! The boards are beautiful and so is the pie, liking both!

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Humor Me!

I need to try this recipe!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! These are some gorgeous boards!!!

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11.August.2014

Humor Me! That pie sounds very interesting, I need to try it!

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11.August.2014

humor me! that pie sounds delicious!

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11.August.2014

Humor Me!!!

I definitely need to try this recipe soon!

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11.August.2014

Humor me!

And thanks for the recipe (aren’t grandma’s the best!) and the giveaway!

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11.August.2014

Humor me! Lovely boards! The pie looks delicious too!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! Those boards would be amazing in my kitchen :)

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME!

We are working on a 5 lb zucchini in our yard too! Now I know what to do with it :) Thanks for the give away!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME!!! Lovely boards.

I highly recommend googling the recipe ‘disappearing zucchini orzo’ from Animal Vegetable miracle book. It’s a great recipe that (apparently) kids love!

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11.August.2014

HUMOR ME! I can’t believe this recipe! Now I’m nearly sad that I just transformed my courgettes into soup! Delicious yet so boring compared to this! I feel a pie coming on soon…

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11.August.2014

Humor Me!
Those boards are gorgeous and I am forever in your debt for giving me a solution for my overactive zucchini plant. Thank you – looks delicious.

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11.August.2014

humor me!! i can’t wait to try this recipe!

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11.August.2014

humor me! love these cutting boards.

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