Most of the time we serve our veg as a side dish to serve with meat or fish so that’s exactly what we are doing. Courgette is ok but not fantastic when it is steamed but it really comes into its own when it is roasted or pan fried so that the surface caramelises and adds to the depth of flavour.
But don’t stop there – Courgettes take on a whole range of flavours really well so feel free to jazz it up a bit.
Basic roasting – cut the courgettes lengthways into quarters, brush with a little olive oil and roast in a hot oven for 20 – 30 minutes until browned. Alternatively, place the quarters in a frying pan with a little olive oil and cook on each surface until browned. This is fantastic served, just as it is, with a summer roast.
Now to add some alternative flavours:
- Roast courgettes with a little sesame oil, once browned, drizzle with honey and soy sauce, sprinkle with a few sesame seeds and return to the oven for 5 minutes until glazed (careful not to burn the seeds). Serve with salmon which also loves these flavours (see picture above).
- Roast courgettes with a little olive oil and when lightly browned sprinkle with a 50/50 mix of grated parmesan and breadcrumbs and either return to the oven or place under the grill until until crunchy but not burned!. This is great with some grilled chicken or white fish.
- Courgettes love lemon, roast with olive oil as above and toss with a little lemon juice and chopped parsley or thyme just before serving. Perfect with fish or chicken.
- Crush a clove or two of garlic into the olive oil before roasting the courgettes and and add a sprig or two of rosemary to the tin. Gorgeous with lamb.
- Spice up your courgettes by roasting in a little chilli oil or by sprinkling with chilli powder.
- Roast as above and then drizzle with pesto and serve with chicken or fish.
- Flavour the olive oil with ras-el-hanout spice mix and garlic and roast the courgettes with other summer veg such as aubergines and peppers. Serve with cous cous for a simple vegetarian supper.
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