I didn’t make a great job of checking our courgette/zucchini bushes when we got home from our break. I did some tidying in the garden when the sun came out this afternoon, and spotted these (mostly) monstrous specimens lurking under leaves and in dark corners. Woopsie.
Here are some great ideas for what to do when you have courgettes/zucchini taking over your veggie rack – hope you like them! And if you have any great recipes, do share, just in case I miss a few more epic-sized veggies!
Make my super-spicy fiery courgette relish – this is my favourite preserve EVER, and I have to say I have used up most of my courgette harvest making this amazing stuff. Great on a cheese sandwich, awesome as a side with curry, brilliant with sausages and bacon too, I absolutely love it.
Try a delicious curry vegetarian curry. One of my favourites is this Courgette and Pepper Sabzi recipe by my Indian food hero, Madhur Jaffrey, from her brilliant book The Curry Bible. It is very easy to make, containing a few easy to obtain spices (try an Indian supermarket or Sous Chef if you can’t find them in your local supermarket) and produces deliciously fresh and spicy results.
Fry up some yummy courgette fritters. My favourite version of these is Nigel Slater’s recipe for courgette, feta cheese and dill fritters from The Kitchen Diaries Book 1. I can’t tell you how delicious they are, and they use up an awful lot of courgette. Just make sure you have your oil nice and hot, and don’t try to make them in a rush, they are fragile little things!
Make minestrone – we love this recipe by Antonio Carluccio – it’s so simple and practical. Use courgettes, aubergine, carrots, cabbage, potato, spinach, kale, chard, beans, peas – basically a combination of whatever you have glut of. You could make your own pesto to go with it too, using our recipe for rocket and pumpkin seed pesto (a bit cheaper than the standard basil/pine nut version).
And for pudding? Well it’s got to be the highly recommended, very rich and chocolatey Courgette and Chocolate Cake. Yum, yum.