I'm an RN and a patient's family shared this recipe with me when I was complaining about having too much zucchini. It tastes surprisingly like apple, most people don't realize it's not apple until you tell them. Make sure the zucchini used in recipe has skin soft enough that your thumbnail can pierce it.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
8
Yield:
1 - 9 inch pie
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Peel the zucchini. Cut into quarters lengthwise, then remove seeds and cut crosswise (as you would cut apples for apple pie). Toss together 4 cups chopped zucchini, lemon juice and salt. Place mixture into frying pan and cook until tender-crisp.

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  • In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, cream of tartar, nutmeg and flour. Add the cooked zucchini to sugar mixture and mix well. It will be a little runny, but that's OK.

  • Place filling into a 9 inch pie crust, dot with butter, and place top crust on. Bake in oven at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 2.7g 6% DV; carbohydrates 50g 16% DV; fat 7.7g 12% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 135mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2004
I made this recipe twice. Both times I followed the recipe precisely. The first time it was excellent and truly tasted like apple pie. The second time I used more mature ( read overgrown) zucchini and it was disgusting we didn't even finish the pie. It was stringy and had a very overpowering "squashy" taste. ( I know I know it is squash afterall...) If you're going to attempt this recipe use very fresh young ( not baby but definately not anything resembling a caveman's club)zucchini. If you do it will be a GREAT Pie! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/14/2003
I was very excited about finding another zucchini recipe but it did not live up to my hopes. I didn't really know what to do with the taste. I found that it didn't taste like apple nor was zucchini something that I enjoyed sweet. I felt that the zucchini was a little bit too crunchy still. Neither my husband nor I enjoyed it. Perhaps it may be due to the fact that we had already eaten too much zucchini! Read More
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59 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
09/04/2004
I made this recipe twice. Both times I followed the recipe precisely. The first time it was excellent and truly tasted like apple pie. The second time I used more mature ( read overgrown) zucchini and it was disgusting we didn't even finish the pie. It was stringy and had a very overpowering "squashy" taste. ( I know I know it is squash afterall...) If you're going to attempt this recipe use very fresh young ( not baby but definately not anything resembling a caveman's club)zucchini. If you do it will be a GREAT Pie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2005
This recipe was great! My little brother absolutely HATES zucchini and he thought that this was the best "apple" pie he'd ever had. This was a big hit with the rest of the family. I found that slicing the zucchini VERY thin helps to cook it completely and also to mask it as apples. I used a salad shooter but you can also use the straight part on a grater. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2005
Found this recipe when trying to find a use for all the zucchini growing in my garden. My daughters favorite pie is apple pie but she developed an allergy to apples a few years ago...when I saw this I knew we had to try it. Sam made this recipe herself (age 13) it turned out great!! She said if she didn't make it herself she would swear it had apples in it. We are going to see if we can trick dad tonight!!! We will definitly be making this again and again Thanks Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2009
I have made this several times without anyone being the wiser. HERE IS THE TRICK: Use those big zucchini from the garden split them in half length-wise gut the middle of all the seeds and stringy soft stuff then each half length-wise in thirds so they are apple-slice width PEEL off the green then trim the corners of each length so the end looks like an apple slice. Then USE A FOOD PROCESSOR OR MANDOLIN to cut EVEN slices. Even uncooked these look like apple slices! Then cook as directed. I fools everyone 100% of the time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2003
cookobird excellent.... used splenda for 3/4 instead of sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. used more than 2 zucchini used deep dish pie crust and could have put in more. we found the splenda better tasting than brown sugar. hubby says it's on our list. bake them and freeze them. had a lot of zucchini. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2003
It was good but I think I should have cooked the zucchini slices longer. Wasn't sure what "tender-crisp" meant. Makes me realize the flavor of apple pie must be in the spices more than the apples. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2004
This pie is superb. Bought an excess of 6-inch zucchini. Didn't peel them just sliced them and made the recipe just as stated. It was so good I will buy zucchini in the winter just to make the pie. Probably will add a few raisins as we really like them. SUPER recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2004
Amazing... best disguise for zucchini yet. When I served it at dinner my husband asked "what kind of apples are these?" I said. "The long skinny green kind from the garden!" Actually I did slice in two apples that had to be used up and extra flour to help with the runniness of the zucchini. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2004
YUMMMM! I was the one to bake it but I still thought that someone must have pulled a pie-switch on me because this tasted just like apple pie. Really a fun recipe to make for someone and then afterwards say "oh by the way that was zucchini." They will not believe you. In fact it was better than apple pie because the "apples" didn't get so mushy as normal apples do. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/14/2003
I was very excited about finding another zucchini recipe but it did not live up to my hopes. I didn't really know what to do with the taste. I found that it didn't taste like apple nor was zucchini something that I enjoyed sweet. I felt that the zucchini was a little bit too crunchy still. Neither my husband nor I enjoyed it. Perhaps it may be due to the fact that we had already eaten too much zucchini! Read More
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