Friday, 26 June 2015

Pan Fried Courgette with Pine Nuts

This dish was served to me as part of a tapas meal years ago and, for some unknown reason, the memory of it just popped into my head whilst I was typing up some work accounts the other day....

I was just sitting there - typing away - not consciously aware that I was thinking of anything other than the previous days till reports when suddenly courgettes and pine nuts were dancing through my head ( not as good as sugar plums dancing there but it's a bit early in the year for Christmas poetry)

So on the way home that evening I stopped off at my local greengrocers for a big bag of courgettes.
- supper had been decided!

Recipe - more a method really no accurate measures just go with it.....

a load of courgettes - I used 3
approx 1 teaspoon chilli flake
same amount of coriander seeds - slightly crushed
juice and zest lemon
a good handful pine nuts
olive oil
salt and pepper
fresh chopped mint leaves and some crumbled feta (optional)

This is really simple .......

Slice your courgettes into thick-ish rings - about half a centimetre

Heat some olive oil in a pan and then pop your courgettes in. Toss them around in the oil until all have both sides coated. Turn the heat down to low and leave them to cook through.

Whilst the courgettes are cooking you can get the pine nuts toasted.

Grab a pan and pop it over a medium heat. Throw the pine nuts in, without any oil - you need to dry roast them - and keep the pan moving.

If you don't keep these little guys moving around the pan they will burn on one side.

 Once your happy with the colour tip them out of the pan onto some kitchen towel or a clean cloth to stop any further cooking. Set aside whilst you finish the courgettes.

Your courgettes should be softening nicely - now's the time to add your lemon juice, zest, chilli flakes, coriander seeds, a pinch of salt and loads of freshly ground pepper.

Let it continue to cook for a few more minutes - just to let the flavours mingle.

Sprinkle on your pine nuts and your ready to serve.

If you wish to add some mint and feta - add the mint along with the other herbs and spices and crumble on the feta at the end with your pine nuts.......

As you can see this is really easy to make, it's a great dish on it's own with a bit of crusty bread to soak up the juices or have it as a side dish.

Hope you all have a good weekend
Love Lizx

 Courgette with pine nuts