Grilled Courgettes In Oil

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My Dad used to grow courgettes and tomatoes in grow-bags in the back porch where there was constant sunshine and he could see them from his favourite chair at the kitchen table.

In the summer months my Mum would be forever trying to come up with new ways of using this bounty, and I have to admit to being a bit sick of courgettes sometimes when we were swamped by the damn things and Mum’s creativity would get ahead of her and she’d be putting them into everything from soup to pasta, rissoles to risotto, and on one memorable occasion trying to create a carrot type cake with them that didn’t quite work and was thereafter known as the Courgette Catastrophe Cake.

When I came across a bag of courgettes reduced in the supermarket lately I thought back on all this and decided to snap them up and do a bit of kitchen crafting with this gorgeous green bounty.

Courgettes are such a versatile veggie and have a sweetness and butteriness all their own. I love them served Greek style cooked gently in olive oil with lots of garlic, thyme and lemon juice. I decided this was the way I’d go but rather than just cook them and serve them up right away, I’d keep this tasty goodness for later by preserving the courgettes in oil and storing them in a jar.

courgettes in oil 2Preserving food in oil is an age old tradition and incredibly easy to do, all manner of things can be stored this way from tomatoes to lemons, peppers to onions. Not only does the oil keep the food fresh it also takes on the flavours of the food itself and any herbs and spices you have added, so you end up with a double bonanza of preserved food and a super tasty oil that can be used on salads or to cook with.

Grilled Courgettes In Oil

450g/1lb courgettes

3 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 cloves garlic

200ml/7 floz olive oil

Juice of 2 lemons

1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Use a mandolin to finely slice the courgettes lengthways into long ribbons and place them in a bowl with the 3 tbsp of olive oil.

Swish them around in the oil to coat them and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a griddle pan and toast the courgette ribbons for approximately 2 minutes each side.

Have the lemon juice ready in a bowl and toss the cooked courgette ribbons in the juice.

Set them aside to cool.

Finely slice the garlic and layer this in a sterilised jar along with the courgettes ribbons and the thyme leaves.

Top up the jar with olive oil.

Using a skewer prod around the jar to release any air bubbles and tap it on the table top too.

Make sure the courgettes are completely covered in the oil and pop on a lid.

Use within one month and store in the fridge.

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These grilled courgette ribbons are wonderful served on toasted bread with thick slices of tomato and some good cheese, or stirred into some plain pasta for a super quick and tasty supper dish.

This tastes good enough to make me want to grow my own courgettes this year, hmmmmmmm maybe….

Karon x

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Recipe type: preserved
Ingredients
  • 450g/1lb courgettes
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 200ml/7 floz olive oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. Use a mandolin to finely slice the courgettes lengthways into long ribbons and place them in a bowl with the 3 tbsp of olive oil.
  2. Swish them around in the oil to coat them and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a griddle pan and toast the courgette ribbons for approximately 2 minutes each side.
  4. Have the lemon juice ready in a bowl and toss the cooked courgette ribbons in the juice.
  5. Set them aside to cool.
  6. Finely slice the garlic and layer this in a sterilised jar along with the courgettes ribbons and the thyme leaves.
  7. Top up the jar with olive oil.
  8. Using a skewer prod around the jar to release any air bubbles and tap it on the table top too.
  9. Make sure the courgettes are completely covered in the oil and pop on a lid.
  10. Use within one month and store in the fridge.


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