The garden has been blooming with homegrown loveliness this summer! My mum is a professional gardener and so she turns her green fingers to our veg patch to grow these delicious morsels.
Courgettes are one of my favourite vegetables as they are very versatile. Something you don’t see in supermarkets is courgette flowers – these are present on the plant when the tiny courgettes first start growing. From a small amount of research (my mum’s knowledge mostly) I found that the female flowers have courgettes attached and drop off after the courgette gets bigger, and the male flowers do not grow courgettes. Both are edible – and delicious!
To prepare your courgette flower for cooking, simply cut the courgette at the base of the plant and remove the stamen from inside the blossom. The petals are VERY delicate, so if you need to wash off soil etc, be gentle and try not to get the flower wet. If you do it will wilt and be very hard to stuff.
I believe, that the traditional Italian stuffing is normally ricotta, but I didn’t have any at the time! I opted for a mix of cheddar, mozzarella, herbs and pine nuts but you can put anything you want inside. If you intend to use other vegetables in your stuffing I would suggest cooking the ingredients first.
1 courgette flower with courgette attached
Dried herbs (I used thyme, oregano and basil)
Fresh rosemary for baking
- Gently wash the courgette and pat dry with kitchen roll. Mix the stuffing ingredients in a bowl.
- Ease apart the petals and stuff the mixture in the gap. Gently twist the petals closed.
- Lay the stuffed courgette into a ceramic dish with olive oil and the fresh rosemary.
- Cook at gas mark 7 for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of the courgette attached to the flower.
The finished product might not be the most aesthetically pleasing, but trust me it is delicious! Have several on their own, or use as part of a roast dinner, or as a starter.
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