Sunday, 28 August 2011

1001 Courgette/Zucchini Recipes

O.K. it's a slight exaggeration.
I don't have 1001 courgette recipes to share with you today, but if like me you have been growing your own courgettes this summer you probably feel like you've tried at least that many ways to prepare them.
Here are a few that I've tried.

Courgette, mushroom and mozzarella tart
Like pizza only better!
Lemon Zucchini Muffins
I took Lynn's recipe for Lemon Zucchini Bread which she posted on her blog Happier than A Pig In Mud and tweaked it to make muffins.

Courgette chutney
I love to make chutneys and found a great recipe for spicy courgette chutney on the River Cottage  website, it's delicious.

Chocolate zucchini bread
The chocolate zucchini bread was another recipe I found on the BBC Good Food website. I have a monthly subscription to the magazine but use the website to search for recipes to match the ingredients that I have to hand.

Courgettes and tomatoes
waiting for goat's cheese and thyme
stuffed chicken.
It's easier to print the recipe from there rather than prop the magazine up in the kitchen where I inevitably spill something onto the pages.

Courgette & Brie soup
I've had the New Covent Garden Soup Company's Book of Soups for many years and have tried quite a few of the recipes.

One we like very much is Jason Stead's Courgette & Brie Soup.

Here's the recipe (tweaked just a bit):

450g/1lb courgettes/zucchini, sliced.
2 medium sized potatoes, about 350g/12oz, peeled and chopped.
1 onion (white or yellow) finely chopped.
1.2 litres/2 pints vegetable stock (a stock cube is fine).
225g/8oz Brie. Remove end rind and cut into pieces.
salt & feshly ground black pepper.

Put the first 4 ingredients into a large saucepan .
Cover, and bring to the boil then simmer gently until the veggies are tender. This'll take about 15 mins.
Stir in the brie until it melts.
Allow the soup to cool a little then blitz it with a hand blender or in a liquidiser.
Taste for seasoning.

This is a versatile soup that can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Think about pouring chilled soup into small shot glasses or expresso cups as an amuse bouche, a great way to greet guests as they arrive at your house for a dinner or cocktail party.
Just in case you feel you need to add more "ways with courgettes" to your repertoire, click on the following links.

Courgette, mushroom and mozzarella tart. (BBC Good Food)
Lynn's Lemon Zucchini Bread
Pam the Jam's River Cottage Courgette Chutney
Chocolate Zucchini Bread (BBC Good Food)
Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken (BBC Good Food)

Joining the Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays
Weekend Cooking @ Beth Fish Reads
and also La @ A Musing Potpourri
for the End Of The Summer Celebration Party
August 31st.

P.S. Sending all best wishes
 to any of my blogger friends
 who are suffering
 at the hands of Hurricane Irene this weekend.
Stay indoors and stay safe!


  1. Maggie, They all look good and I love courgettes. The brie and courgette soup catches my eye because I make new soups all the time. Thanks for sharing. xo Jenny

  2. Maggie,
    All looks delicious. I shall look up recipes. Covet tea pot.....

  3. Yum. I'm glad I ate breakfast before I saw these pictures.

  4. Good thing I'm going out to brunch today! I'm hungry after seeing all this delicious food! Love the tea pot.

  5. I love all these recipes for courgettes, can't wait to make the tart and muffins. Thank you for the recipes and for the wonderful visit, the tablecloth was my mil's and she gave it to me several years ago, in the 80's and it was vintage already, so I'm sure it saw plenty of beautiful set tables before mine. Have a wonderful Sunday. FABBY

  6. Thanks for all these wonderful ways to use zucchini. The mushroom mozzarella tart is the stand out for me :)

  7. Hi Maggie, I am so glad to have found your blog! Your photos are gorgeous and the recipes so yummy! I'm your newest follower, Lisa

  8. I love zucchini, but I know what you mean when it gets too much to handle! Did you try the zucchini pasta I posted a few weeks back?

    Do you have a recipe for the tart? That looks wonderful and I would love to give it a try.

    And wow!! I was just looking thru your renovation photographs. Wow, what a transformation for the hallway/stairway.

  9. Why does the word courgette sound so much better than zucchini? Thanks for the great recipes. My mom and I were just talking about zucchini yesterday. She usually gets a ton of zucchini from friend's gardens but she hasn't gotten any so far this year (I was looking for her to make me some zucchini bread)....I'm going to pass these recipes on to her in case she gets her hands on some.

  10. Greetings from Nova Scotia, Canada! I am sitting here almost drooling at all your great recipes. Thanks so much for sharing them. I think I will have to plant zucchini next year!


  11. 1002 - we have been eating them raw grated in salads this year, delicious.

  12. P.S. I have a basket just like yours that was my mother in laws we use it every day :)

  13. I think that we, over here, should mount a campaign to call zucchini 'courgette' from now on. It sounds so much more appetizing!
    I'm sure that the title of your post will bring 1001 hits from google at this time of year!

  14. Lemmon zucchini muffins sound great. Something I haven't tried yet. I've even made zucchini fritters. I have sooo many zucchini this year I can't even give them away any more.

  15. So happy to meet you and visit your blog. Glad you found me through Pondside and that you're now a member of the Grimy Hands Girls' Club. I do special give-aways to the members...also send out seeds and other goodies several times a year.

    Your life looks very full and happy.

    Irene is slamming into the rocks in front of our cottage and the thundering waves are shooting about 20 feet high. Amazing and humbling.

    Joys to you,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  16. I love zucchini recipes! I have a unique recipe for squash muffins. My girl loved them when they were little, and it was a sneaky way to get them to eat their vegetables!


  17. Hi Maggie, you are definitely making me look at zucchini or courgettes in a whole new light! Each of these recipes looks and sounds wonderful. I will have to try at least a couple of them. Thanks for stopping by earlier. I am happy and very thankful that I survived Irene unscathed. xo,

  18. I've tried several zuchinni muffins and breads but have never heard of it with brie in soup. Great to have you be a part of Sesonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Maggie, they each look delicious. You are an excellent cook! This post makes me hungry.

  20. Thanks for sharing these recipes. I too have so many courgettes to use. I have made the chutney before and it is really tasty. IT is rather damp here to-day so I think I will make the soup for lunch.
    Happy Week.

  21. We're eating zucchini almost every day here. I'm always glad to find a new way to prepare it. The soup sounds delectable!

  22. Thanks for these recipes Maggie. They all sound delicious. i spent the morning grating zucchini and making two large chocolate zucchini cakes - one to freeze. tomorrow i'll make soup and drive to drop off sue of the extra zucchinis. One should always make a list of those who will accept zucchinis with open arms at this time of year!

  23. "Courgette" sounds so delicious and appetizing as opposed to zucchini :-) Your tart looks amazing...I would love a slice!

  24. Your garden has treated you well this year Maggie! Love the cute round zukes, adorable for stuffing! Hope you liked the lemon zucchini bread:@)

  25. Hello Maggie dear. Your photographs are making me crazy hungry. Everything looks delicious. I'm a lover of all soups, yours looks especially good. I've never had chocolate zucchini bread, but I love both so I'm thinking I'll have to make this recipe! I love your idea for serving chilled soup. Clever and easy. Thanks Maggie, great recipes.

    The French Hutch

  26. Hi Maggie,
    you have a great selection of varities. Zucchini are really versatile. They go with nearly every recipe. And I love them. Thank you for your recipes - one can never have enough.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  27. Maggie, you've certainly been making some tasty-looking goodies with your zucchini squash. I think the tart and the soup look especially good. It's great to have such versatile produce, isn't it? Thanks for sharing the photos and recipes! Have a great week.


  28. Hi Maggie!

    Your soup looks really delicious. I will definitely be trying this recipe. I'll have to buy my zuchinni because my garden didn't do well this year.

    Thank you for joining in on the fun. La

  29. Hey Maggie,your veggies look beautiful and your cookin' is yummy!
    Makes me hungry!delish!

  30. Hello Maggie

    What good fortune to have found your blog. Like you, I am growing courgettes, or squash as we call them. It happens every year: spring comes and in a euphoric state of amnesia we plant squash, only to remember a few months later just how many vegetables they produce.
    So, thank you for your recipes.

    I am now your newest follower.



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