When your cucurbits are out of control 

Five great recipes when there's just too much zucchini or courgette

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.

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Only one of these courgettes/zucchini is a sensible size…

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.

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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).

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And for pudding? Well it’s got to be the highly recommended, very rich and chocolatey Courgette and Chocolate Cake. Yum, yum.

6 thoughts on “When your cucurbits are out of control 

  1. Oh they sound delicious – no courgettes here, but I just might need to go an buy some! My great great aunt (and my mum as well) used to make an amazing ginger pickled marrow 9 I have successfully used extra large courgettes in it too) – I must ask my Mum if she still has the recipe – it was crisp, sweet and sour with a bit of a fiery kick from the ginger.

  2. We didn’t plant any this year but I’ll defintiely be bookmarking this to come back to next year. No matter how many (or should that be few) plants you put in and no matter often you check and pick there are always several that escape and grow into monsters. We’ve always made curry pickled courgette with ours and lovely as they are it will be nice to have a few extra ideas to try.

  3. It is a good thing you added a picture because many people in the US would not know what you were talking about.
    Curcurbits, courgette and aubergine. American is zucchini, eggplant. for those that need a translation. I like Nigel Slaters recipes. Have not tried the others but will now. Thanks

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