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Recipe: Australian Eggy "Slice"

Recipe: Australian Eggy "Slice"

Australian Eggy "Slice"

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Dylan Sabuco
prep time
10 minutes
cook time
20 minutes
4-6 servings

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Australian Eggy "Slice"

Frittata meets casserole in the famous Aussie favorite known as a "slice." 

When I prepare this recipe in my own kitchen, I'm transported back to sun-drenched days Down Under, filled with laughter, love, and good food shared with loved ones. It's a reminder of the incredible experiences that travel brings and the lasting connections we make through the universal language of food.

In this culinary adventure, kids get to choose and prep their favorite vegetables before combining them with eggs, cheese, spices, and a touch of flour for substance. Once everything is thoroughly combined, you just pop it in the oven and bake to golden perfection. Last, slice off generous portions and top each with a dollop of tangy Aussie Tomato Sauce. De-lish!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • bake :

    to cook food with dry heat, as in an oven.

  • chop :

    to cut something into small, rough pieces using a blade.

  • crack :

    to break open or apart a food to get what's inside, like an egg or a coconut.

  • grate :

    to reduce food, like a carrot, to very small shreds or pieces of the same size by rubbing it on a tool with an outside surface that has holes with cutting edges (a grater).

  • knife skills :

    Bear Claw (growl), Pinch, Plank, and Bridge (look out for trolls)

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • slice :

    to cut into thin pieces using a sawing motion with your knife.

  • whisk :

    to beat or stir ingredients vigorously with a fork or whisk to mix, blend, or incorporate air.

Equipment Checklist

  • Oven
  • Baking dish (9 x 11 or similar) + oven-proof lid or aluminum foil
  • Cutting board
  • Kid-safe knife
  • Grater
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisk or wooden spoon


Australian Eggy "Slice"

  • 5 eggs **(for EGG ALLERGY sub 1 8-oz pkg silken tofu, blended with 1/2 C water)**
  • 1 C all-purpose flour **(for GLUTEN ALLERGY sub gluten-free/nut-free all-purpose flour)**
  • 1/2 C vegetable oil **
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 C grated or shredded Parmesan cheese, optional **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free cheese shreds, like Daiya brand)**
  • Pick 2 or more:
  • 4 green onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow squash, diced
  • 1 sweet potato, grated
  • 1 russet potato, grated **(Omit for NIGHTSHADE ALLERGY)**
  • 1 tomato, diced **(Omit for NIGHTSHADE ALLERGY)**
  • 1 handful mushrooms, diced (your choice)
  • 1 small eggplant, peeled + diced **(Omit for NIGHTSHADE ALLERGY)**

Food Allergen Substitutions

Australian Eggy "Slice"

  • Egg:  For 5 eggs, substitute 1 8-oz pkg of silken tofu, blended with 1/2 C water.
  • Gluten/Wheat: Substitute gluten-free/nut-free all-purpose flour.
  • Soy: Substitute canola oil or other nut-free oil for vegetable oil.
  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free cheese, like Daiya brand.
  • Nightshade: Omit optional russet potato, tomato, and eggplant.



Australian Eggy "Slice"


G'day! A "slice" is an Australian casserole-like snack that can be served savory or sweet. The savory preparations always include eggs, vegetables, and sometimes cheese, while the sweet preparations consist of creamy custard, chocolates, and fruits. This slice recipe will be savory and packed full of veggies.


Preheat the oven to 350 F.

grate + slice + chop

Start by grating, slicing, or chopping at least two of your chosen vegetables from the list above as small as possible.

crack + measure + stir

In a large mixing bowl, crack 5 eggs. Then, measure 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and optional 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and add that to the eggs. Scrape all the veggies into the bowl. Stir to combine.

scrumptious science

Both baking soda and baking powder are leavening agents, which means they are added to baked goods before cooking to produce carbon dioxide, causing them to rise. Baking powder contains baking soda, but the two substances are used under different conditions and can provide very different results. Baking soda has only one ingredient: sodium bicarbonate. It is about four times stronger than baking powder and is used in recipes that contain an acidic ingredient. Baking powder contains baking soda, but it also includes an acidifying agent, like cream of tartar.

bake + slice

Pour the mixture into a baking dish. Make sure all the veggies are as evenly spread out as possible. Then, cover with an oven-proof lid or sheet of aluminum foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until there are no runny eggs left on top. Be sure to keep it covered the whole cooking time, as the steam that is trapped in the pan will help cook the slice. Cut it into slices and serve alongside a heaping scoop of Aussie Tomato Sauce. Now that's a "grouse tucker!" (That's Australian slang for a "good meal.")

Surprise Ingredient: Baking Powder and Baking Soda!

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If you don't use yeast or eggs to make a baked good rise, you must use a chemical leavening agent. For this purpose, you can use either baking soda, baking powder, or a combination of both. Adding them to baked goods before baking produces carbon dioxide, a gas, causing them to "rise." 

Baking soda contains only one ingredient: sodium bicarbonate. It begins to act as soon as it touches an acid, like lemon juice or vinegar. Baking powder, however, doesn't fully activate until the dough is heated.

Baking powder includes baking soda, cream of tartar (an acid), and a starch, like cornstarch. The starch prevents the bicarbonate and acid from prematurely reacting. Baking powder comes in two forms: single-acting and double-acting. Single-acting activates with moisture, so you need to bake the dough right after mixing. Double-acting works in two stages. Some gas releases before baking when the powder is added to the damp dough, but most releases while the dough is heated during baking.

What is an Australian "Slice"?

Photo by Nicole Sharp/ (Zucchini Slice)
  • An Australian "slice" consists of eggs, cheese, vegetables, and flour and is likened to a frittata, quiche, or quickbread. After baking, it is firm enough to slice into squares, making easy, handheld snacks or lunchbox foods.
  • A zucchini slice, often with bacon, is the typical preparation in Australia and New Zealand. However, there are other savory versions as well as sweet versions. Flavors of sweet slices include caramel, chocolate, lemon, vanilla, jelly, and more!

Let's Learn About Australia!

Photo by ChameleonsEye/ (Petting a kangaroo at Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park)
  • Australia is both a country and a continent! The Commonwealth of Australia is a country in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country consists of the continent of Australia as well as the island of Tasmania and several other islands. 
  • Australia is the oldest and smallest continent in the world. It is also the driest continent inhabited by people. (Antarctica is drier.) It is sometimes called the world's largest island. It is located in the southern hemisphere and is part of the Oceania geographic region, including Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. 
  • Australia, the country, is the world's sixth largest at 2,969,907 square miles. In comparison, the United States, at fourth largest, is 3,618,783 square miles—not a huge difference. However, Australia is 53rd in population, with close to 27 million people, compared with the US, which is 3rd with over 333 million people.
  • The government of Australia is a Federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy. As a part of the Commonwealth of Nations and a former territory of the British Empire, the current monarch of the United Kingdom is also Australia's monarch. There is also a governor-general representing the monarchy, a prime minister, and a legislature or parliament. 
  • The capital is Canberra. Sydney, on the east coast, is the largest city and the capital of the state of New South Wales. Melbourne, on the south coast, is the second largest and capital of Victoria. There are six states and three mainland territories in the country. 
  • Australia has no official language, but English is the national and de facto (in practice) language. Australian English is the major variation with a distinctive accent and vocabulary. In 2021, 76,978 Indigenous Australians spoke 167 Indigenous languages at home. Before the country had contact with Europeans, 250 Australian Indigenous languages were thought to exist. 
  • Indigenous Australians make up over three percent of the population. They consist of two groups: the Aboriginal peoples of the mainland and the Indigenous Melanesians of the Torres Strait Islands, who are also called the Torres Strait Islanders. 
  • The geography of Australia includes tropical rainforests, mountain ranges, grasslands, coral reefs, and deserts. The Outback is an immense, remote, and sparsely populated region of the country. It covers an area of over two million square miles, or 81 percent of the country, and contains deserts, tropical savannahs (grassy plains), and temperate woodlands. 
  • Uluru is a famous feature of the Outback that tourists flock to. It is a massive 1,142-foot-high red sandstone rock 5.8 miles around its perimeter.
  • The Great Barrier Reef, on the north-east coast, extends over 1,400 miles and is the largest coral reef in the world. This beautiful but fragile area faces threats due to climate change, pollution, pesticides, shipping, and overfishing. Solutions are being researched, and plans have begun to protect the reef, lessen the damage, and improve conditions for its future. 
  • Australia is one of seventeen "megadiverse" countries identified by Conservation International, an American environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biodiversity hotspots. The terms "megadiverse" and "biodiverse" refer to the great variety of native species, genera, and families of plants and animals in a region. 
  • Australia is known for its native marsupials, like bandicoots, kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, and wombats. These are animals that carry their young in a pouch. Other native wildlife include the dingo (wild dog), echidna (similar to an anteater), platypus, and saltwater crocodile. 
  • Native birds include two flightless species, the emu and the southern cassowary. Among the other birds found in Australia are the eclectus parrot, Gouldian finch (or rainbow finch), laughing kookaburra, and wedge-tailed eagle.
  • Some words and phrases unique to the country include "g'day" (hello), "beauty!" (great!), "barbie" (barbecue), "brolly" (umbrella), "heaps" (loads, lots, many), "lollies" (sweets), "sunnies" (sunglasses), "good on ya" (good work), "no worries" (don't worry about it, it's alright), "dog's breakfast" (a mess, shambles, just a bit of everything), "gone walkabout" (backpacking trip), and "choc a bloc" (full).
  • Australian cuisine includes influences from Indigenous peoples and immigrants from Britain, Europe, and Asia. Indigenous food, "bush tucker" (bush food), incorporates the native flora and fauna, including fruit, crocodile, emu, kangaroo, and witchetty grubs. 
  • The "quandong" or native peach is native to the country and is considered a "bush tucker" food. The Granny Smith apple also originated in Australia in 1868. Mangoes, grown in Australia, are a fruit Aussies look forward to each summer.
  • British impacts on Australian food include fish and chips and Australian meat pies. Asian influences created a unique Australian Chinese cuisine. Chicken, beef, and lamb are a big part of the Australian diet, with seafood to a somewhat lesser extent. 
  • Eating outdoors is popular, especially with barbecuing. Typical foods to put on the "barbie" are sausages, prawns, shrimp, beef steaks, and lamb chops.
  • Pavlova is a meringue dessert named after a Russian ballerina that originated in Australia in the early 20th century. Another dessert is the "lamington," sponge cake layers filled with cream and covered with chocolate sauce and dry coconut flakes. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Australia?

  • Because Australia is in the southern hemisphere, below the equator, the school year runs differently than in schools in the northern hemisphere, above the equator. In Australia, school starts in late January or early February and ends in early to mid-December. 
  • Prep is the year before first grade. Primary school is from prep to grade 6, and high school is from grades 7 to 12. Most schools require students to wear uniforms.
  • Kids may get 5 to 6 weeks off over Christmas, which is also their summer vacation, and 2 weeks off in April, June, and September.
  • The sports Australian kids participate in include soccer, swimming, basketball, netball, cricket, Aussie rules football, rugby, cycling, and surfing.
  • Before school, kids may have Weet-Bix or other breakfast cereal, porridge and fruit, or toast spread with butter or Vegemite (a thick brown paste made from brewer's yeast). They may drink Milo, a chocolate-flavored malted beverage mixed with water or milk. 
  • For school lunch, kids may bring sandwiches, zucchini "slices," fruit, and biscuits (cookies) from home, or if they buy lunch from the canteen or tuck shop (cafeteria), they may get meat pies, sausage rolls, or sandwiches. 
  • Australian kids and families love to be outdoors. One favorite activity is going to the beach. They can also visit the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, one hour from Canberra, where kids can go on ranger-led education activities to learn about native plants and animals and the Aboriginal Ngunnawal people and their culture.
  • In Queensland, on the Gold Coast, they can go to Dreamworld, the largest amusement park in Australia. In Tasmania, kids might be able to see the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights, especially from May to August, during the Australian winter.
  • A popular treat for kids, especially at birthday parties, is "fairy bread." It is sliced white bread, spread with butter or margarine, cut into triangles, and covered with "Hundreds and Thousands" tiny round candy sprinkles.

THYME for a Laugh

Why shouldn't you tell an Easter egg a good joke?

It might crack up!

That's Berry Funny

How did the gardener mend his trousers? 

With a vegetable patch!

THYME for a Laugh

What did the egg say to the other egg?

"Let's get cracking!"

THYME for a Laugh

What do you call a hen who can count her own eggs?

A mathmachicken! 

That's Berry Funny

What did one egg say to the other? 

"Heard any good yolks lately?"

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