Top 10 things to do with courgettes

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    Lily Barclay - Senior writer - bbcgoodfood.com

Looking to work your way through a courgette glut? Look no further...

Nothing signals the start of summer like a bountiful harvest of fresh, homegrown courgettes. But if your crop gets out of control, it can take some serious imagination to make the most of your pickings.

From creamy lasagnes to tempting tarts we have an abundance of recipes for this versatile veg. Just remember to pick your bounty before it gets too big, as the smaller the courgette the better the flavour. Courgettes can reach marrow-size surprisingly quickly - and no one wants their veg patch to star in its own Day of the Triffids remake...

Courgette & bacon pasta1. Perfect pasta

Who can resist a comforting bowl of pasta? Quick, cheap and popular with kids this is the perfect dish to use up the humble courgette. Cheese & tomato pasta bakes can be made in bulk and frozen so are perfect for busy families and carbonara-style courgette & bacon pasta can be whipped up in minutes. Or if you are looking for something simple but special then check out this creamy courgette lasagne.

Discover more courgette & pasta recipes.

 

Courgette & mushroom tart2. Tart it up

Whether you're throwing a dinner party or a casual summer picnic, the savoury tart has to be one of our favourite dishes. And as far as we're concerned courgettes and cheese are a match made in heaven - try it in a courgette & goat's cheese tart or a courgette, mushroom & mozarella tart.

Try our courgette tart recipes.

 

 

Chocolate courgette cake3. Cakes and bakes

Courgettes are not just for savoury dishes, and this moist chocolate courgette cake is a decadent way to prove the point. Try a zesty and fragrant bake with this frosted courgette & lemon cake or get the kids in the kitchen and help them whip up a batch of courgette muffins with this child-friendly recipe.

Find more courgette cake recipes.

 

Butter bean, grilled courgette, roast red pepper & chorizo salad4. Super salads

Courgettes' subtle, delicate flavours lend themselves well to salads where they can be showcased with true simplicity. This minted courgette salad is full of fresh, fragrant flavours. Give it a Spanish twist with roast red peppers & chorizo, or enjoy it raw and thinly sliced with quinoa & feta for a filling summer salad.

Try these courgette salad recipes.

 

Courgette, potato & cheddar soup5. Soothing soups

With our unpredictable British summer, a soothing courgette soup can be the perfect thing to see you through a cool summer evening. Get comfort in a bowl with this hearty courgette, potato & cheddar soup , make it light with spring vegetables & basil pesto or spruce up a rocket & courgette soup with goat's cheese croutons.

Have a go at these courgette soup recipes.

 

Crunchy courgette pickle6. In a pickle

You can't find a better way to preserve your courgette crop than with a chutney or pickle, and they also make great gifts for friends and family. Crunchy courgette pickle makes a scrumptious side to cold poached salmon or barbecued burgers for a true summery hit. Or add a bit of punch to your pickle with this courgette & tomato chutney.

Discover all our courgette pickle recipes.

 

Veggie pizza7. Pizza perfection

Add the taste of a British summer to this Italian classic, from super-healthy veggie delight to this Frying pan pizza. Having trouble getting the kids to share the courgette love? This cheesy courgette pizza ought to do the trick.

Try these courgette pizza recipes.

 

Cheesy baked courgettes8. Super side

We do love courgettes but they don't always have to be the star of the show. Cheesy baked courgettes are delicious served with grilled meat and fish, and we cannot resist courgette fritters as a healthy alternative to chips. Serve this griddled courgette with pine nuts as a starter, side or with a variety of other sides for a tapas-style feast.

Explore our courgette side recipes.

 

Courgette, potato & cheddar bread9. Use your loaf

Who can resist a slice of home baked bread fresh from the oven? Try serving courgette & mushroom bread as a side to a summer soup or simply with a bit of butter. Make something different to the usual loaf with courgette, potato & cheddar bread or add a bit of spice with Indian bread with courgettes and coriander.

Take a look at these courgette bread recipes.

 

Summer courgette risotto10. Stir it up

Stir seasonal courgettes into a light, fresh risotto for the perfect dinner party dish. This fresh one-pot summer courgette risotto should be a hit with everyone, including the kids. Or add a touch of sophistication in a risotto with spicy courgettes and saffron.

Find more courgette risotto recipes.

 

 

Do you have any tips or advice for using up a courgette glut? We'd love to hear your recipe ideas...

 

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Cherry Smith's picture

Great post- I love the versatility of courgettes. I recently found another insightful post on http://magazine.siansplan.com/how-to-bake-courgettes-in-the-oven/ includes some really useful tips and ideas. The chicken, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese filling has got to be my favourite, absolutely delicious! Definitely worth a read :)

Glojimz's picture

I slice courgettes into discs about 2 cms thick, part boil, coat in a flour and egg batter and shallow fry. Quite versatile as you can add whatever seasoning you want to, and tastes really good with sweet chilli sauce as a dip.

beckylpriestley's picture

I grate courgette, then squeeze out the liquid and put it as an extra veg in bolognese and chilli. It along with all the other veg I put in really bulks out the dish and adds flavour and a nice texture.

Glojimz's picture

This sounds delicious! I plan to try it tomorrow for dinner :)

Heloli's picture

I have just finished making 12 jars of lemon, ginger and courgette jam. Delicious
6lbs sugar
6lbs courgettes
4 lemons
4inches of root ginger
4 inches of stem ginger.

Peel the courgettes and chop into tiny cubes. This takes along time but the patience is worth it. Steam the courgettes until tender. Place the courgettes in a large bowl. Using a vegetable peeler peel the rind from the lemon in strips then juice the lemons adding the juice to the courgettes. Peel and bruise the ginger then put this together with the lemon rind in a gauze/muslin bag and add to the courgettes. Chop up the stem ginger into tiny cubes and add to the courgettes. Add the sugar and stir well. Cover the bowl and leave for 24hrs stirring occasionally. Transfer the mix to a very large heavy based pan and bring to a rolling boil until the courgettes have become translucent and setting point has been reach. Test on a chilled saucer. Sterilise the jars and lid. Once setting point has been achieved leave to stand for 15 minutes. Stir to distribute the courgettes evenly then pot up and seal whilst hot.
The jam has a lemon and ginger flavour whilst the courgettes add an attractive golden substance. Gorgeous on toast or as you would serve any jam.

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