The farmers market was overflowing with zucchini on the weekend and I picked some up. Ever since I discovered quick bread I have wanted to try making a zucchini quick bread. Though zucchini are typically available all year round I had been waiting for it to be in season locally and now was my chance. I had been wanting to try a savoury zucchini bread but when I searched the web I was not able to find many savoury zucchini bread recipes and none of the ones that I did find interested me. I was a bit disappointed but it was no problem as I always enjoy coming up with my own recipes. I started with one of my banana bread recipes as a base and dropped all of the sugar and spices. Of course, the bananas were replaced with zucchini and I added some roasted red peppers, garlic, feta and oregano for some flavour. Since balsamic vinegar goes well with roasted red peppers I added some of that as well. The next step was to replace the butter with olive oil to make it a bit healthier. Since I was adding a lot of solids to the recipe I cut back a bit on the flour and replaced some of it with whole wheat flour. With that, I had my recipe for a savoury zucchini bread.
The zucchini bread was just as easy to make as any other quick bread, which is pretty easy. The aroma coming from the oven while it baked was really amazing. I was barely able to restrain myself from digging into it right as it came out of the oven as I wanted to take a few photos of the loaf. As soon as that was done I had it sliced open really quick. The zucchini bread with roasted red peppers and feta was so good! It was nice and light and moist and full of flavour. The peppers were nice pockets of juicy moistness in the bread and it was always nice to bite into some of the salty feta. The zucchini bread was great all by itself but I had some leftover hummus and decided to try the zucchini bread with some of that along with some fresh tomato and cucumber slices. The combination of the flavours of the zucchini bread along with the creaminess of the hummus and the cool juiciness of the tomatoes and the cucumbers was really nice. With a savoury zucchini bread down, I am now looking forward to trying a more traditional sweet zucchini bread.
Zucchini Bread with Roasted Red Peppers and Feta
- 1 1/2 cups zucchini (grated, squeezed and drained)
- 2 roasted red peppers (chopped)
- 2 cloves garlic (grated)
- 1/2 cup feta (crumbled)
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Mix the zucchini, roasted red pepper, garlic, feta, oregano, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and eggs in a large bowl.
- Mix the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and oregano in a bowl.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
- Pour the batter into a greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
- Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven until a toothpick pushed into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.
Christie @ fig&cherry says
Love this combo, especially the addition of Feta. Yum!
My mom just brought me some sweet zucchini bread the other day, but I have never tried a savory one.
Nora B. says
Savory bread are a lovely thing to have around.
So nice bread Kevin! xGloria
Great idea. I’ve never made zucchini bread but I do have fresh zucchinis from my CSA. I was going to make a casserole tonight but I think I’ll leave one to try a zucchini bread.
I’ve never had savory zucc bread before, and now I want some! I really enjoyed your descriptive writing on this post, too! It was great to learn what you were thinking about as the recipe was created, as well as how it turned out! Great post!
I have baked zucchini in sweet breads & muffins, but never thought to go savory, looks yummy!
Cathy C says
What an fun and unique combo – I love all things Bread and this looks amazing – Must try this one for sure!!
Spectacular bread. Period.
Delicious and healthy. A perfect combination.
noble pig says
It looks wonderful Kevin, savory Zucchini Bread sounds like a treat.
You’re making my mouth water over here…That LOOKS AWESOME!!!
Super yum. That looks great. I love sweet zuc bread, I will try this too.
What a gorgeous bread. I’ve had sweet zucchini bread, but never savory–sounds wonderful!
Very resourceful Kevin! I think I’m too obsessive and afraid to just tweak values in a cake/quickbread recipe but I’m glad yours turned out really well! 🙂
[eatingclub] vancouver || js says
I love that this zucchini bread is savoury, instead of sweet. Zucchini, red peppers and feta cheese in bread form — yummy!
Half Baked says
A savory zuccchini bread! how inspired! love the flavor combo!
Mrs Ergül says
Quick bread is something I’ve never gotten round to! Yours look fantastic! Seriously awesome!
I love this savoury zucchini bread idea. Great combination of ingredients!
when I searched the web I was not able to find many savoury zucchini bread recipes
Aw, don’t shy away from the sweet ones. My Mom used to make a real kickass zucchini chocolate bread. I miss it.
Delicious and healthy. Very nice, Kevin.
Oooooo, Eeeeee, Kevin that looks bloody amazing.
Like Paula, I too enjoyed reading about the thought process that went into your recipe. Great job!
Oh wow, that is something I would have never thought of. My favorite way to have zucchini is in chocolate cupcakes…delish! I bet they’ll have some at the Farmer’s Market this Saturday too, I’ll have to be on the lookout. Need to find a GF version so I can enjoy it too. 🙂
Cooking and the City says
what a lovely bread, looks and sounds fabulous! 🙂
How clever! I toss all kinds of savory things into no-knead bread, but hadn’t ever thought of doing a quick bread like that.
Great idea and posting Kevin, very creative!
What a lovely experiment that is. It looks beautiful and delicious as a starter or a snack.
Clumbsy Cookie says
Another winner Kevin! Give me some zucchini and feta and I’m a happy girl!
Mochachocolata Rita says
sounds divine. this goes to my already heaping “to try” folder ^_^
Coffee & Vanilla says
Kevin, I love it… 3 my favourite things in one: zucchini, feta and roasted peppers! Wow! I love this recipe and will be trying it out very soooon 🙂
Isn’t it crazy, how many food bloggers are making stuff with zucchini? Tis the season of zucchini. I want to bake some bread, but I don’t know if I’ll get around to it.
Wow….the bread looks delicious! The addition of feta seems interesting. I am sure it tasted great!
Oooh wow! Looks great – I love the feta you’ve added.
Can’t go wrong with quick breads! This one will ake a loevly lunch.
Looks great and healthy too
That is one tasty bread to eat Kevin, looks lovely and healthy. 🙂
Fab!This is something that I haven’t attempted!! I have a few books on savoury cakes/muffins.. etc… I think for a change, it would make a perfect afternoon tea or even breakfast!
Great job! That zucchini bread looks amazing.
Peter M says
Red peppers make everything good, like this bread.
Your bread looks great. I have only made sweet zucchini bread. I think this would be great with eggplant on the side!!!
Holy crap Kevin. This looks amazing! What a great idea!
That looks crazy good, my farmer neighbor will be giving me zuchinni soon!
Ive never heard of a savory zucchini bread! What a great idea!
I’ve never ever seen a savory zuke bread, but it sounds so good. I’d love some with that hummus.
LOL – you sound like me – quick bread is the way to go! I *love* the sound of this bread and I’m going to bookmark it to try with peppadews instead of the roasted peppers. Can’t wait!
Kevin, you are a genius! Good thing you’re not an evil genius or we’d all be in trouble. You use your powers for good. whew!
I may not have the time to comment on every one of your posts during the busy summer, but I am reading all of them. 🙂
S for Kitchen Confit says
This looks like a good way to use up some zucchini
Looks tasty. I have a lot of zucchini in my organics box, so I think I will try this out.
That picture with the cucumbers and tomatoes actually made my mouth water! You are so talented to come up with your own recipe.. especially when it’s a baking recipe.
That looks amazing! Never heard of something like that – must be fantastic. I am so making it!
What a great idea – I love all of those flavors. Nice photos too.
A savory Zucchini bread sounds better to me than the sweet variety. I’ll have to add that to my list. In the Winter, I often serve soups with some kind of home made bread and in the Summer it’s with salads and fresh produce. You can never have too many bread recipes. Beautiful pictures.
Looks like an absolutely delicious treat. I’d never thought of making a savory quick bread like this, but now I’m inspired to make my own!
Lori Lynn says
Love your open face sandwich. It looks so fresh!
I’ll take savory over sweet, any day.
What a great twist on the normal zucchini bread. I can’t wait to try a savory recipe! THanks!
What a great looking zucchini bread! And I love the combo of ingredients you used. nice recipe!
a savory, cheesy zucchini bread–what a terrific idea! it’s beautiful. 🙂
Dani Spies says
So interesting… sounds great. I have to try this one:)
Now this is a zucchini bread up my alley. Those ingredients sound so awesome and if you want I can send you my address so you can mail me a slice.
Kevin I love this. I love feta cheese and never would have thought to use it in breads. Good thinking.
Also, I was so inspired by your fish & chips that I made a fish burrito. Check it out if you're over my way.
oooo, savory zucchini bread! Looks sensational Kevin.
I love the idea of a savoury zucchini bread, I made one last year with cheddar cheese and I’m still thinking of it!
I love the idea of making a little sandwich out of zucchini bread – I want to try that!
Brilliant. Just brilliant. I have all the staples on hand, a nice big zucchini grown from a local backyard garden in the fridge, a big chunk of feta and red peppers are a quick jaunt away. Yes, I will try this.
They are gorgeous Kevin… when are you opening a restaurant? 😀
Savory zucchini bread! What a great idea. I hope my CSA gives me zucchini this week1
Zucchini bread is one of my favorites and I love the addition of red peppers and feta. This looks amazing.
Very interesting. Surprisingly, I’ve never heard of a savory zucchini bread. This looks yummy.
wow, what a great combo – i’m so impressed you made this recipe yourself
This seems completely bizarre to me, but incredible! I really can’t wait to try. It’d be perfect for using up my zucchini. HOw creative!
You have out-done yourself on this one, Kevin… Absolutely fantastic! Duly bookmarked and I’m going to go try it now…
Oh, and it’s gorgeous, as well!
The Culinary Chase says
Love the ingredients in this bread Kevin! Cheers!
Bellini Valli says
Good for yopu for inventing a savory zucchini loaf Kevin..add some feta and I am all over this:D
Looks delicious! I think I have most of the ingredients too.
I have never even heard of making a savory zucchini bread – what a great idea! And your flavors sound amazing!
I love the idea of adding Feta. Mmmmm. What a great idea!
This is so interesting Kevin and I absolutely love the flavors! I’ve only had sweet zucchini bread myself but I definitely need to try a savory version!
Nice use of seasonal produce. Nothing like zucchini bread using ingredients fresh from the farmer’s market.
Oh, my gosh, Kevin, that looks incredible! I’ve never made a savory zucchini bread but I would eat that slice with the cucumbers and tomatoes right now!
We Are Not Martha says
OK. Making this ASAP. I cannot even believe how amazing this looks. Seriously drooling.
Never tried with Zucchini.Sounds fantastic.
Lovely idea but what happened to the eggs??
Ops, I missed the eggs… they go in with the wet ingredients.
what an interesting take on a quick bread. Love the combo of all the savory ingredients!
This looks fantastic. I don’t eat eggs, so I’m going to try baking this tonight with a ground flaxseed/water mixture as an egg replacer. I’ll let you know how it goes. Oh, and I’m serving it with carrot soup. Yum! I think it’ll make a great match.
Just made this – it is so good!
Delicious – I tried it last night but subbed sun dried tomatoes for the red peppers. It was -very- good. Thanks for the idea!
Im going to try this with goat cheese and sundried tomatos…ill let u know how it turns out!
That looks so good! Have you thought about adding some kalamata olives as well? I think I'll add some when I make it:)
Yiannab: The olives would go really well in this bread!
Wow i never thought that this would make such an awesome combination!
Thanks for this amazing recipe!
I tried making this, but it turned out too wet: should I have squeezed the grated zucchini before adding it, and how big is a "large" zucchini anyway? Maybe mine was too large! It tasted fab though.
Julia: Sorry about that. Zucchini can vary greatly in size. I have updated the recipe. I find that some zucchini's are wetter than others so it is probably a good idea to squeeze and drain it before using it.
I made this bread along with your roasted red pepper and white bean dip — delicious combo and a healthy snack or breakfast!
I am trying your recipe right now, it is in the oven:-) I love savory zucchini bread, I have my own version of savory zucchini bread but I have a feeling that your recipe will replace it:-) I can't wait to try!!!
Fabulous idea – and I especially like the zucchini bread "crostini" with the cucumbers. Genius!
Made this with sun-dried tomatoes instead of the roasted red peppers. YUM!
I Just made this with a garden full of zucchini….
THIS IS THE BEST!!! I think I have told everyone I know- how awesome a bread that has all my favorites!!
Thank you so much for the recipe. I tried it and it came out wonderful. I have a couple of zucchini plants (and believe me i never run out of zucchinis during the season and will be glad when winter comes in:)) and didn't want a sweet bread and this recipe is just perfect. I don't like feta cheese so i replaced it with cheddar and also added some green chillies, cilantro and ginger (all blended in a food processor) to make it a little spicier. And your method to roast red peppers work great too!!!
EXCELLENT! Enjoying a slice fresh out of the oven as I type this. Followed the recipe exactly. A great use of CSA zucchini. And cucumbers. And tomatoes. (Though I did get store bought hummus.) Thank you for sharing!
this is in the oven right now!! i can't WAIT to try it!
I've made this bread twice, and found that it is especially delicious with Tzitziki (yogurt, mint, garlic, dill, cucumber sauce).
This morning we're having the cottage cheese blueberry pancakes.
You have some astonishing winners, Kevin, and have my attention.
that is SO gorgeous! it's hot here in the pacific northwest so i've been baking my savory zucchini loafs at night and then storing them in the fridge overnight. the next morning/afternoon they are dense, moist, and extremely flavorful.
This is incredible bread! It is like eating Thanksgiving turkey stuffing without all the fuss. I don't know if it is my oven or the Feta,?…but I had to cook the loaf about 10 minutes longer, to get the center done. Because I have fresh rosemary in our yard, I substituted 2 teaspoons of finely minced fresh rosemary for the oregano. It turned out fantastic. Thanks for sharing your recipe, you should go into business.
aaha..just figured out why the bread needed a little longer to cook. I didn't have whole wheat flour on hand so I used white. Still turned out outrageously good!!
Unknown: Glad you enjoyed it! The amount of liquid in zucchini can vary a lot and that will change the baking time. The toothpick test is the best way to know when it is done.
Love this yeast free bread! I skipped out on the fetta and capsicum as I did not have them and replaced the balsamic with apple cider as well as leaving out the salt. Still worked a treat! Served it up to friends at a dinner and the lot was consumed! Oh I also coated it with sunflower kernels which made the crust delicious! Thanks so much! Going to make it tonight with sundried tomatoes for a treat 🙂