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Howto use courgettes. Other than stir fries.

(30 Posts)
Lovetopaint037 Sat 02-Sep-23 10:08:30

Just that as have made the odd soup but wondering if someone might be more inspired.

Calendargirl Sat 02-Sep-23 10:11:41

Makes a nice chocolate cake.

Callistemon21 Sat 02-Sep-23 10:16:55

I slice them lengthways or cut them in rounds if they're larger, drizzle with olive oil and herbs and roast in the oven if I'm cooking something in the oven.

And courgette and lime cake is delicious.

Jaxjacky Sat 02-Sep-23 10:21:16

Stuffed, various recipes, chopped in curries, casseroles, chilli and ratatouille. Sliced lengthways, marinaded and on the bbq, skewers with mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers and aubergine, grated (drain off juice) with plain yoghurt, mint and spices. My friend eats the raw in a salad.

annsixty Sat 02-Sep-23 10:29:21

Cut into fingers then dipped in a light tempura batter and fried.
Absolutely delicious and one of my favourite starters in a restaurant.
Finger length red peppers are also good treated in the same way.

annsixty Sat 02-Sep-23 10:31:12

When I-had them last they came with a minted yoghurt dip.

Salti Sat 02-Sep-23 10:37:11

I like them in ratatouille, or in mixed roast vegetables. They are really nice cut into batons, dipped in beer batter and fried too.

Lovetopaint037 Sat 02-Sep-23 10:39:19

My goodness! Chocolate cake yummy! Tempura battered courgettes! Salads, curries . I have now looked at some recipes and am ready to go. Thank you so much. Gransnet is wonderful ❤️

merlotgran Sat 02-Sep-23 10:46:44

I make courgette fritters. Just grate the courgettes, add approx two tbspns of SR flour and grated Parmesan cheese, season, shape, flatten and shallow fry. I also add half a tspn of chilli powder but that’s optional.

They freeze well.

Farmor15 Sat 02-Sep-23 11:47:57

Found a recipe years ago on a jar of Hellmans mayonnaise (I'm not giving quantities as adjust according to amount you want):

Slice courgettes thinly in a shallow dish and sprinkle with salt. Leave for about 1/2 hour and drain off any liquid that comes out. Meanwhile, mix equal quantities of mayonnaise and milk, add a bit of curry powder and lemon juice and mix well. (For an average size dish, about 2 tablespoons each mayonnaise and milk). Mix with the courgettes. Top with breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan cheese - I whizz up a slice or 2 of semi-stale bread with some slices of cheese in blender. Bake in hot oven for 20 min.
Courgettes should still be a bit crunchy.
To vary, sliced mushrooms or peppers can be mixed with courgettes.
I've never seen this recipe again but it's always a success in our house!

JackyB Sat 02-Sep-23 12:12:10

We have a glut of them as usual despite only having two plants. They don't freeze very well. Except perhaps as a mush for a soup.

Include them in a potato gratin, a quiche, any stew. To smuggle them into food for the grandchildren, grate them into fritters, Bolognese. Cut into chip shapes along with peppers and aubergines, fried with onion and simmered for a while in tomato sauce. Hey presto, ratatouille. Can be the main dish or an accompaniment.

Just lightly boiled and tossed in butter go well with fish, chicken or even the Sunday roast.

Pick them while they're small and sweet and just eat them raw. Our local restaurant mixes them into salads, cut julienne style.

Halved lengthwise and stuffed. Either with a mincemeat farce or a veggie version. I had a recipe once which stuffed them with feta, sweet corn and chopped walnuts.

I could go on...

JackyB Sat 02-Sep-23 12:23:15

Have just remembered Courgettes Nenette. Nénette was my DH's landlady when he was a student teacher in France. She was about 90 then. She had had a Moroccan husband or was half Moroccan herself and she was a wonderful cook. Her speciality was couscous. She would spend all day preparing it. Anyway, her way of doing courgettes was mashed like mashed potatoes and the secret ingredient was evaporated milk. I sometimes do that and we call it courgettes Nenette. Voilà !

25Avalon Sat 02-Sep-23 12:45:09

Callistemon sprinkle grated cheese on top of the sliced courgettes before putting in the oven. Delish!

Callistemon21 Sat 02-Sep-23 13:52:50

Good idea, I'll try that.

Courgette Bake is good too, similar to ratatouille with tomatoes, onions and garlic etc but not as sloppy. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake.

Rosalyn69 Sat 02-Sep-23 14:06:23

I made a creamy sauce for tagliatelle and prawns.

Norah Sat 02-Sep-23 14:14:01

I use olive oil not butter, I omit the egg and use extra baking powder, I add vanilla.

3dognight Sat 02-Sep-23 14:27:14

Pickled some thickly chopped yellow and green ones last year. Just as you would do beets, nice vinegar, spices, herbs etc. In kilner jar in the fridge.

They looked good and tasted so good!

Fleurpepper Sat 02-Sep-23 19:06:25

I made curried courgette, potatoe and carrot patties the other day- delicious.

A bit fiddly as must be made over 3 days- but sweet and sour courgette pickle is wonderful with ham and cheese, etc.

nandad Sat 02-Sep-23 19:29:45

Courgette loaf, like carrot cake but with courgette.

Greek courgette fritters using dill, mint and feta. If entertaining I make individual ones, if just us I make them as a frittata.

Roasted Mediterranean vegetables, make loads then mix in passata or more tomatoes and freeze.

Courgette and Brie soup.

Bbq courgette slices

Raw courgette ribbons with an olive oil, lemon and garlic dressing.

Tempura fried and served with tzatziki.

In breadcrumbs and oven roasted with tzatziki or garlic dip

Lightly fried with egg, bit like scrambled egg with courgette instead of salmon

Or, swap them for something else with a neighbour.

Can’t wait for winter so I can eat some other vegetables!

Hetty58 Sat 02-Sep-23 19:34:59

I just slice them, toss in oil and seasoning, then cook in the air fryer (or hot oven) - my favourite vegetable.

MrsKen33 Sat 02-Sep-23 19:36:55

Fried courgettes and halloumi
Courgette cake ( just google it)
Add to all. Shepherds pies, curries etc
Thin strips in a salad
Larger ones cut in half , like boats and stuffed with mince

Casdon Sat 02-Sep-23 19:38:50

I’m now picking them when they are quite small, and slicing them into circles, lightly frying to seal them, and freezing them in bags to add to casseroles, soups, spag bol etc. in the winter. I’ve had enough of them for now in all forms!

M0nica Sat 02-Sep-23 19:50:26

I make a spiced Indian style chutney.

Lovetopaint037 Sat 02-Sep-23 21:49:12

Thank you all so much. I have screen shot all your posts. Things I would never have thought of ina month of Sundays.

BlueBelle Sat 02-Sep-23 22:51:59

This year I made courgette and ginger jam and it’s very nice