We planted a courgette plant (a zucchini plant for our US friends). If you have never planted a courgette plant, I actively encourage you to do so next year (even if it is in a plant pot on your terrace). They are SO easy to grow, and they provide you with lots, and lots, and lots of courgettes!
In addition to eating the actual courgette, I also love eating the courgette flower. I served this recipe of stuffed courgette flowers with a simple piece of BBQ chicken breast and BBQ sliced courgettes, and all of a sudden the meal looked fancier than it actually was! Like always, when you have good quality ingredients like homegrown courgettes, there is nothing better than keeping it simple!
Goat Cheese Stuffed Courgette Flowers Recipe
- 4 Courgette Flowers
- Olive oil
For the Stuffing:
- 50g Goats Cheese
- A small handful of Herbs (I picked at random from the garden, and included mint, sage, thyme. You don’t need much just a couple of leaves).
- Zest of 1/2 a lemon
- 20g pine nuts
- 2 tablespoon yoghurt
For the batter:
- 50g plain flour
- 20g cornflour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- approximately 200ml of cold blond beer (I live in Belgium so I used a Leffe Blond)
To make the stuffing:
Mix all the ingredients in a Food Processor or Thermomix until it comes together. Place the mixture into a piping bag, and leave to rest in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
To make the Batter:
Mix the flour, cornflour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Gradually whisk in the beer. The batter must be the consistency of pouring cream, therefore it will be more or less than 200 ml, depending on the flour etc.
Pipe the flowers with the stuffing and twist the flowers at the end to close them.
Heat a pan with olive oil over a medium-high heat. The pan will be ready when you add a piece of breadcrumb and it immediately starts to sizzle.
Dip the stuffed flowers into the batter, and place them into the olive oil. Turn them every now and again to get an even colour.
Once they are ready, take them out with a slotted spoon and place on kitchen towel.
Serve, and enjoy!!