Parmesan-Fried Courgettes and Flowers with Tomato Relish

Nuvita Biscuits


For the tomato relish:

  • 40 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ medium chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs thyme, chopped
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
  • 2 sprigs oregano, chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400 g canned chopped tomatoes
  • ½ small bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped

For the courgettes:

  • sunflower oil, for frying
  • 2 courgette flowers, cut in half lengthways
  • 3 large courgettes, sliced diagonally
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 100 g fine breadcrumbs
  • 30 g freshly grated parmesan
1. For the tomato relish: Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and gently cook the onions, chilli, garlic and herbs (except parsley) for about 5 minutes without allowing them to colour.

2. Add the balsamic vinegar and reduce by half. Add the purée, cook for a minute, then add the chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. The consistency should be like chutney. If it is too runny, continue to simmer. Season and leave to cool. When cool, add the parsley.

3. For the courgettes: Pour 6cm of oil into a medium sized heavy-bottomed saucepan, or use a deep fat fryer. Heat to 160°C. If using a saucepan, be careful as the oil will be very hot. Dip the courgettes and flowers in the flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Fry until golden brown. Remove with tongs and place onto kitchen paper to soak up excess oil. Season.

4. Arrange the courgettes and flowers on a large serving dish. Dust with grated Parmesan and serve with the tomato relish on the side.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Dana G on Mar 16, 2013

    I notice the South Beach Diet recommends the “extra virgin olive oil”. Since regular olive oil is much cheaper, I wonder why they recommend “extra virgin olive oil”.

  2. posted by crzyinluv on Mar 18, 2013

    My hair extensions are 100% human hair. I want to condition it with extra virgin olive oil. Would it be okay to condition it with that? Will it damage them?

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