Neither GB or I really like courgettes. Love a butternut squash, very happy with a pumpkin, but courgettes are a bit meh. We don’t hate them, they’re just a bit bland and watery. Growing up, they were my sister’s favourite vegetable so I was constantly finding them snuck into veggie lasagne or served boiled on the side of the Sunday roast. So why are we growing two courgette plants?
Well partly because we do still like courgetti but mainly because they are easy and quite impressive. Even when we only had a courtyard garden we managed to grow a reasonable sized plant. However the allotment takes it to a whole other level.
So the question is, what can two people who don’t really like courgettes do with a glut of them.
So here is our list of zucchini recipes aka how to hide courgette in as many ways possible.
1. So the obvious courgetti – a low carb alternative to pasta, and a good excuse for loading up on sauce and cheese
2. Finely sliced (use your vegetable peeler to slice) on the side of sea bass or other fish with a squeeze of lime – the lime is important to hide the lack of taste from the courgette
3. Spring vegetable soup – I used this recipe from the BBC and felt very virtuous. I didn’t make my own pesto but I did make my own stock from the carcass of a Ella Risbridger ‘Midnight Chicken’. If you have not come across this, google it now, it’s awesome.
4. Roasted courgettes – cut into thick batons, drizzle in olive oil, lemon juice and oregano. Roast for twenty minutes or so. Again it’s all about adding flavour.
5. Courgette cake – we really like this recipe for courgette and lime tray bake. It’s really easy and the courgette keeps the cake nice and moist. Courgette and citrus seems like a good pairing
6. Chutneys and relishes – since we were in bbq season I opted for relish, but later in the year I think I’ll try chutney
7. Courgette and feta muffins – we often have feta to use up so this seemed like a quick way to kill two birds with one stone. I tried these and they were super easy. Uk based readers, you can make a buttermilk substitute with lemon juice and milk really easily.
8. Courgette fritters – these take a while and are pretty unhealthy, but they are really really tasty. There are lots of recipes online but basically just salt slices of courgette, leave for an hour, coat in flour, and dip in a glass of water right before deep frying until brown.
That’s it for now but we’ve still got five or six squash size courgettes left so watch this space for a part two.