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Scarpaccia {Zucchini Tart}

Scarpaccia is an Italian zucchini tart that is full of fantastic flavor! Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

Every Italian family (and every non-Italian family for that matter!) needs a good Scarpaccia in their recipe collection!  Scarpaccia is a delicious zucchini tart or flatbread with such fantastic flavors – we would eat this dish every week if we could!

Scarpaccia is a dish that originates from the Tuscan coastal areas around Viagreggio, an Italian city that Jack and I visited on our honeymoon!  The name is loosely translated as meaning ‘bad shoe’ and some sources say this dish got its name because it bakes up as thin as the sole of a bad shoe!  Other sources describe a ‘bad shoe’ as one that has been worn by many family members, and scarpaccia is a tart that you can put anything into – like a bad shoe!

Scarpaccia is an Italian zucchini tart that is full of fantastic flavor! Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

Whichever definition you prefer, scarpaccia was traditionally baked during the zucchini season by retired sailors using the vegetables from their garden!  Scarpaccia traditionally includes zucchini flowers – however most people don’t have access to that ingredient year-round, so we made ours with thinly sliced zucchini. (If you are able to find zucchini flowers, by all means add it – and just cut back a bit on the amount of sliced zucchini called for in this recipe.)

Scarpaccia is an Italian zucchini tart that is full of fantastic flavor! Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

Scarpaccia can be made sweet or savory, thin or thick, crisp or soft – as long as the common ingredients of zucchini and flour are used.  Our version – inspired by both Jack’s own family recipe, as well as a recipe we brought home from our honeymoon – has a touch of sweetness along with wonderful savory flavors from sundried tomatoes, basil and thyme and Parmesan cheese!  It also has a bit of texture thanks to adding corn meal as well as the addition of pine nuts to the batter.

Served warm out of the oven with a side salad, this scarpaccia makes a truly wonderful lunch or dinner!  Enjoy!

Scarpaccia is an Italian zucchini tart that is full of fantastic flavor! Scarpaccia Zucchini Tart

This post was originally published in May 2014. 

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Scarpaccia

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  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds zucchini
  • 1 red onion (about ½ pound)
  • 2 cups tightly packed baby spinach
  • 1 8.5-ounce jar sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, plus one teaspoon for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups corn meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Approximately 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or enough to add to the oil drained from jar of sundried tomatoes to equal 1 full cup), plus more for drizzling
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a 12X16 inch sheet pan by spraying with pan spray.
  2. Slice zucchini into very thin slices and place in a large bowl. Slice red onion into very thin slices and add to zucchini. Add baby spinach to bowl.
  3. Drain oil from tomatoes into a cup measure and set aside. Cut tomatoes into quarters and add to bowl.
  4. Add pine nuts, basil, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, salt and pepper to bowl and toss all ingredients.
  5. In a separate bowl mix flour, corn meal and baking powder. Add this to the large bowl and toss to mix the ingredients.
  6. In that same small bowl, beat eggs and sugar and add to large bowl, mixing into ingredients.
  7. Take the reserved cup measure with the oil drained from the tomatoes and add enough olive oil to fill one cup and add to the large bowl mixing to combine.
  8. Finally, slowly mix in the water, only using enough to make a thin batter. You may not need all of the water.
  9. Pour batter into the prepared sheet pan, drizzle the top with olive oil and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  10. When it comes out of the oven, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese all over the top and drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle the remaining thyme over the top.
  11. Cut into squares and serve.

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  1. I have never heard of scarpaccia, which makes me very sad! It sounds amazing. I think it would make a wonderful lunch. Thanks for introducing me to this dish , I’ll have to try it soon 🙂

  2. I’ve never actually heard of scarpaccia. But I adore zucchini so I’m on board!

  3. It was a favorite in my home growing up and I love all the extra veggies you put in there. Ours was basic, just zucchini but I love the addition of sundried tomatoes and spinach and pine nuts!

    • Thanks Brenda! This is definitely a version that varies from the traditional recipe! (P.S. It was so nice to meet you last weekend at BlogHer Food!)

  4. This zucchini tart looks delicious!

  5. I’ve never heard of scarpaccia before, which is pretty surprising because it’s exactly like my kind of food (ie. any kind of food that has a gorgeous crispy browned top covered in cheese… mmmm… cheeeeeeese). Plus the fact that it’s made with vegetables means I can pretend it’s healthy. 🙂
    Pinned the recipe to try when the zucchini go completely bonkers in a couple of months. Can’t wait!

  6. This sounds amazing! I think I need to make this ASAP!

  7. This looks so delicious! I love zucchini, so I can only imagine how tasty this recipe is. I have to try it…thanks for sharing!

  8. I am in love with Zucchini and needed a new way to cook them. This sounds so perfect. Thanks!

  9. Heather Lampman :

    OK Martha. I’ve decided that I absolutely have to move in with you and Jack. I’ll work really hard if you will feed me!
    :))))))
    You have the BEST recipes!

  10. I’ve never heard of a scarpaccia. Maybe I should take a site-visit to Tuscany to get a better understanding. What do you think? 😉

  11. I’m so happy to have a new recipe for using the zucchini that seems to magically appear overnight in the garden! This is a really delicious sounding recipe and one that I am so happy to add to my repertoire.

  12. This is my perfect! It looks delicious!

  13. I also haven’t heard of Scarpaccia before — but it sounds amazing, and the mix of flavors in this one is totally me. YUM! I can’t wait to try this during zucchini season this summer.

  14. I have never heard of scarpaccia but this looks AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to try it.

  15. Ok, I just put it in the oven, fingers crossed it turns out….

  16. Hi, made this yesterday – feedback was fantastic, it’s our new favourite! Thank you so much for the recipe.,
    I would like to ask, will this freeze ok or not please?
    Thanks again
    Sally

    • Hi Sally – We’re glad you liked the recipe! We haven’t tried freezing it ourselves – but I do think it would be OK to freeze! (Please let us know how it comes out if you try to freeze it…)

  17. Martha,
    Am I reading the recipe correctly? The only liquid is 1/4 cup of water to 3 cups of flour/corn meal ? My batter was not liquid it was more like cookie dough. The whole thing came out really dry. What went wrong? Maybe need more zucchini, though I used 1 large one. Thanks for your input.

  18. Thank you so much! I’m making it for the second time right now because it was so good when I made it last week. A total crowd pleaser, and I was told that it blew someone’s mind. This recipe is a keeper!

  19. This looks amazing! I just made a 1/2 batch and I can’t wait to bake it! Is it ok that I made everything the day before? Will it still be the same when I bake it tomorrow?

    • Hi Kristin! It might get a little soggy… You could think about baking it tonight and then reheating it tomorrow? Hope that helps!

  20. Well, the troops have just finished this off! I made a half recipe as there’s not many of us. I was a bit worried about the whole ‘batter’ thing, as it definitely wasn’t a batter. No need to worry though! It came out beautifully & has been requested to go on the regular menu list!
    Thank you 🙂

  21. Is it OK to leave the pine nuts out or can you recommend a substitution?

  22. This dish was part of the appetizer course in a big, special dinner over the weekend and it was terrific! Thank you for posting!

  23. I’m not a fan of sweetness in savoury dishes – can I leave the sugar out?

  24. Hello! Would you say this is good at room temp and made the night before? I want to make it for a function and there is no opportunity to bake it there.

  25. Unfortunately this was the worst recipe I’ve cooked in years. I used beautiful fresh ingredients, but the resulting flavour wasn’t nice.

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