198.Stuffed courgettes - vegetarian lifestyle recipe book

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Serves 4

4 large courgettes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped or crushed

2 sticks celery, chopped

6 oz mushrooms, chopped

2 oz walnuts, chopped

2 oz hazelnuts, chopped

2 oz brazil nuts, chopped

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram or oregano

salt & pepper

Extra basil or marjoram

  • Cook the courgettes in boiling water until just tender. Drain and set aside.
  • Fry the onion, garlic and celery in the oil until soft.
  • Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add nuts, tomato puree, herbs and seasoning. Warm gently but do not allow to cook any further.
  • Cut the courgettes in half lengthways, scoop out the flesh without breaking the skin and mix with the fried mixture.
  • Replace the mixture in the courgette shells and heat under the grill.
  • Sprinkle with extra basil or marjoram and serve at once.
Variations
  • The stuffed courgettes may be heated in the oven instead of under the grill.
  • Use aubergines in place of courgettes. Bake in the oven at Gas Mark 5, 190 C, 375 F, for 30 minutes instead of boiling.

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