London, 10th August 2013 – Our allotment is finally full of vegetables and fruits. It was very hard work to prepare the ground and then cultivate, weed and water the plot. I feel very happy when I look at the results of our work.
Courgettes are often abundant in allotments and this is my favourite recipe. You can use marinated courgette slices in many different dishes. I serve them room temperature, either as an antipasto (starter) with bruschetta, as a side dish or as a main. Try them combined with fresh mozzarella cheese, or add a little more chopped parsley and oil and make a quick pasta dressing!
If you wish to make a healthier version try to grill or barbecue the courgette slices.
Recipe with step by step pictures
SERVES 4, PREP 10 MINUTES + REFRIGERATE OVERNIGHT, COOK 20 MINUTES
- 1 kg courgette (I used two large courgettes)
- 2- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for cooking the courgette
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for the marinade
- 1tbsp white vinegar
- 15 g flat leaf parsley, chopped roughly
- 1 large garlic cloves, minced
- sea salt
You also need:
- a large baking tray (26 x 37cm)
- non-stick baking paper.
Method (for a printable version, please scroll down to the bottom):
Preheat the oven to 220˚C (I used the fan-assisted mode) and line a large baking tray (26 x 37cm) with non-stick baking paper.
Wash and cut the courgettes lengthwise into 5mm-thick slices.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan (the oil needs to be very hot!). Add the sliced courgettes and fry for about 2 minutes on each side.
Transfer the slices to the lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden and crisp.
Remove the courgette slices from the oven and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile prepare the marinade. Combine the oil, vinegar, sea salt, parsley and garlic in a bowl.
Arrange a layer of courgette slices onto a large plate, and then pour over half of the marinade. Top with another layer of courgette slices and spread the remaining marinade over it.
Cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve as an antipasto (starter) with bruschetta or add to pasta.
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