I always look forward to the first courgette of the year as it means summer really is here. I get excited watching it grow, waiting for the day I can pick it:
When I do pick it, I nearly always use it in a lovely courgette, onion and cheese omelette and we always comment on how lovely it is to have the courgettes at last, as it seems such a long time since we last picked them the year before.
The first couple of weeks are like a ‘courgette honeymoon’, as it’s so lovely to use them in our summer meals.
Every day I check for more courgettes on my plants and the plants keep producing them. They just keep coming…
In fact by mid-summer they seem to be laughing at me and ‘popping out’ overnight from where they have been hiding and every basket of goodies havested at the allotment has a least a couple of courgettes in:
So what on earth can you do with all the courgettes that you pick?
I have read quite a few articles in books and magazines on this subject, but half the recipes I’ve read are not really realistic for everyday meals, or are really time consuming recipes (and I haven’t got too much time to cook the courgettes as I’m too busy picking them).
So I thought I would talk about what I do with the millions of courgettes that I grow:-
I use courgettes in everyday meals like pasta bolognaise, curries and chilli’s…
I also use them in pies like my Chicken, Courgette and Broccoli Pie. You can find the recipe here.
Courgette Frittata’s are nice too. The recipe is here.
I also add them in the Pasta / Pizza Sauce recipe I make. After it is cooked I whizz the sauce up with my stick blender and no one ever knows and then I use my sauce as normal. You can find my pasta / pizza sauce recipe here.
Courgette chutney is one of my favourite chutneys. I use this recipe, but replace the scallopini’s (patty pans) with courgettes. It keeps for ages and is lovely served with cold meats and on sandwiches.
I also use courgettes to make savoury scones. Cheese and courgette scones are absolutely delicious and can be frozen ready to pop into lunch boxes in the morning, before work and school. The recipe for cheese and courgette scones is here.
One of the favourite things I make with courgettes is a Chocolate Courgette Tray Bake Cake. No one ever knows the cake has courgettes in and this way the kids get a few extra vitamins, without realising it. The recipe is here.
One other thing I do with my courgettes is to freeze them. I have a bag of sliced courgettes and diced courgettes which I open freeze on trays before bagging up, so they don’t stick together. I never blanch my courgettes first and they always seem to be ok for use over the winter.
I also bag up grated courgettes in the exact quantities ready to make the courgette cheese scones. This way I can just take a bag out of the freezer the night before, to defrost ready to make the scones.
Finally, I use the courgettes in different soups. A particularly nice soup is a Courgette, Potato and Cheese soup. The recipe is below:
Courgette, Potato And Cheese Soup
500g potatoes, peeled and chopped into small pieces
1 pint of vegetable stock
1 kg of courgettes, washed and chopped into small pieces
1 bunch of spring onions, washed and sliced small
100g grated cheese
Salt and pepper
Ground nutmeg to serve.
Put the potatoes into a large pan, cover with the vegetable stock and bring it to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the courgettes and simmer for a further 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Put a few spring onions aside to garnish the soup when you serve it. Put the remaining spring onions in the pan and simmer for a further 5 minutes.
Add the cheese, stirring it until it has melted.
Take the pan off the heat and use a stick blender or liquidiser to smooth the soup.
Return the pan to the heat and bring back to the boil, adding salt and pepper as required.
Serve the soup with a sprinkling of ground nutmeg and garnish with the remaining spring onions.
I hope you enjoyed my blog today. If you do anything different with your courgettes, it would be lovely to hear from you, so please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.
I’ll be back on Friday at 4pm.
Have a good week.