Spicy Courgette Slices recipe

Ever get that situation where you go to the fridge to make dinner and realise that you have an oddball mix of things none of which seem likely to make a complete meal? This recipe came out of one such evening. Desperate times call for lateral thinking, but I couldn’t have been happier with the final result and it’s another dish that regularly gets requested.

I’ve used it as both a light main course and a starter and it’s easy to do as a vegetarian option.

Ingredients

Courgettes – allow about 1.5 per person for a main course serving

1 finely chopped onion

Halved cherry tomatoes – I use about 5 per person

Chorizo – thinly sliced, allow about 30g per person

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp garlic paste

1 desert spoon olive oil

 

Peel and thinly slice the courgettes lengthwise.

Tip: In my experience it is much easier to do this using a mandolin or a grater, but if you are doing it by hand then try to make sure you’ve bought courgettes that are as uniformly shaped as possible. Trying to slice knobbly ones is very frustrating.

Mix the garlic paste and olive oil and heat in a large, non-stick frying pan. Add the onion and fry until soft and slightly coloured, then add the courgette slices and a little salt and pepper and fry for another 2 or 3 minutes or until they have started to soften slightly.

Sprinkle the paprika over the mixture and fry for a further minute until the onion and courgette are well coated. The liquid released by the vegetables will make a great juice with the paprika.

If using, add the chorizo and let it soften in the pan and release more paprika and red wine flavours into the juice.

Finally, add the halved tomatoes and heat through for 2 or 3 minutes so that they have soaked up some of the flavours and are warm rather than boiling hot.

Serve immediately.

Tip: You can remove the seeded centre from the courgette slices if you prefer to, but I usually leave it as the liquid released helps with the juice that coats the ingredients. This dish is meant to be juicy but not wet so you can remove some of the seeds if you are concerned that too much liquid will be released.

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