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Savory Flan For An Easy Weeknight Dinner

Grana Padano and Zucchini Flan with Shrimp
Serves 4
This light and savory flan is perfect for a cool late-fall dinner. Earthy zucchini mixed with briny capers and rich Grana Padano makes a lovely companion to the sautéed shrimp and salty olive vinaigrette. It's simple enough for a weeknight dinner but also special enough to serve to friends and loved ones.
  2. 4 zucchini (green and yellow)
  3. 1 large onion
  4. 1 cup dried tomatoes
  5. ⅓ cup capers
  6. 4 egg yolks
  7. ½ cup crème fraiche
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. 1 cup grated Grana Padano
  10. 1 ½ teaspoon saffron
  11. 2 cloves of garlic, lightly crushed
  12. Butter, for greasing
  13. Salt and pepper
  16. 1 red pepper
  17. 2 red onions
  18. 2 tablespoon white balsamic
  19. 1 tablespoon mustard
  20. 1 tablespoon honey
  21. 1 tablespoon black olives
  22. ¾ cup green olives
  23. ¼ cup of olive oil
  25. SHRIMP:
  26. 8-12 big, fresh shrimp
  27. Olive oil and thyme, to taste
  28. Lemon juice, optional
  1. Zucchini Flan:
  2. Dice the zucchini and the onions finely. Add the coarsely chopped capers and sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. Saute everything in olive oil for a few moments with garlic.
  4. Remove the garlic and put the vegetables in a buttered pyrex dish.
  5. Stir the egg yolks, crème fraiche, and saffron together with the grated Grana Padano and top the vegetables with this mixture.
  6. Bake at 350° F for about 30 minutes, until golden.
  7. Vinaigrette:
  8. Whisk together the mustard, honey, balsamic, olive oil, finely chopped peppers, and onions. Add the chopped olives and mix.
  9. Shrimp:
  10. When everything is ready, fry the shrimp in olive oil and thyme on both sides. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and a little squeeze of lemon juice if wanted.
  11. To serve:
  12. Top zucchini flan with shrimp and add vinaigrette on the side.
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Grana Padano

Grana Padano cheese has been a part of Italy's proud gastronomic heritage for nearly 1000 years. A staple in Italian cuisine, it has become the world's best-selling PDO cheese. It has a fine grainy structure and a mellow, tasty, yet never overpowering, flavor, and can be found aged between 9 months to over 24 months. Grana Padano possesses unique nutritional features and is naturally lactose free due to its production characteristics and the long ageing process.

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