Courgette gratin

Do you ever end up with too much of one ingredient in your fridge?

Back in the UK when this happened, it was usually down to me making a mistake with my online order. For example, a failure to check the ‘individual items’ box instead of ‘kgs’ one time resulted in a very surprised me when the delivery man arrived with an exceptionally large amount of onions (I do not want to see onion soup again for a very long time)!

However, as we are now in France and don’t as yet really have an “address”, we have resorted to the old-fashioned way of shopping from an actual store or market. Therefore, the only reason we ended up with a fridge full of courgettes recently was by being a little over zealous at the veg counter.

I was pondering what to do with said vegetables when serendipity occurred and our friend Rob posted a number of courgette recipes on Facebook, one of which was for courgette gratin. His photo looked pretty tasty and so I decided to give it a whirl.

It has fast become one of our staple meals. I think we’ve eaten it at least five times over the last three weeks!

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Courgette gratin works wonderfully as a side dish or my favourite way of serving it is to use it to top a bowl of simple tomato pasta. I’ve also experimented with different cheeses. Rob’s recipe suggests cheddar, but I’ve tried with mozzarella and goat’s cheese – the latter winning hands down! (Particularly when washed down with a glass of France’s finest!).

It is super quick to make. All you need to do is…

  1. Slice some courgettes to a thickness of about half a centimetre
  2. Lightly pan fry until they have turned a golden brown
  3. Place in an oven dish, season, and sprinkle with breadcumbs and grated cheese
  4. Cook in preheated oven about 180 degrees for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the courgettes have caramelised slightly at the edges.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

P.s. It’s BBC Good Food‘s Courgette Week this week and you can find a whole load of delicious courgette recipes by following the hashtag on Twitter: #CourgetteWeek

 

 

 

 

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