Courgettes with Orange Pine Nuts and Herbs

Courgettes with Orange Pine Nuts and Herbs
This evening I chose courgettes from the vegbox as my cooking challenge.In the summer months courgettes are aplenty. They are so versatile, tasting great thinly sliced raw or cooked.

Courgettes with Orange Pine Nuts and Herbs by Shaun Hill (chef/patron of The Walnut Tree Inn, Llanddewi Skirrid, Abergavenny) is one of my favorite meals and featured in the Guardian Weekend magazine (3 July 2010). This recipe really does the courgette justice by keeping it crisp and with a fresh texture, you can really taste the summer in it and its best suited for small to meduim courgettes – no overgrown courgettes to be considered!

Originated from the Americas, the courgette is a variety of cucurtbit, which means it’s from the same family as cucumber, squash and melon. Botanically, the courgette is an immature fruit, being the swollen ovary of the female courgette flower.

Courgettes with Orange Pine Nuts and Herbs

For four as a starter or light lunch; otherwise, enough for two.

1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped
120ml olive oil
90g fresh breadcrumbs
12 pitted green olives, roughly chopped
2 tbsp pine nuts
2 tbsp currants
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp small capers
Juice of 1 orange
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 courgettes

Fry the onion in the oil until soft, then stir in first the breadcrumbs and then all the other ingredients bar the courgettes. Season, and set aside to cool.

Courgettes with Orange Pine Nuts and HerbsCourgettes with Orange Pine Nuts and Herbs
With a vegetable peeler, peel off alternate strips from the courgettes’ skin (ie, so they look stripy), then blanch whole in boiling water for two minutes. Drain, and cool under running cold water. Halve the courgettes lengthways, brush with a little olive oil and season with salt.

Courgettes with Orange Pine Nuts and Herbs
Heat the oven to 200C/400F/gas mark 6. Press the stuffing on top of each courgette half, and bake for 20 minutes – or, if the courgettes are really small, grill slowly.

Courgettes with Orange Pine Nuts and Herbs

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Nnena says:

    Hey that’s great. Love the photo and the recipe. Hope the recipes will be daily. I need something to kick start my culinary laziness.

  2. Erinma says:

    Glad you like it – let us know if you try one out – maybe you could get a veg box delivered? It takes the hassle out of going to the supermarket?

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