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Recipe – Courgette, Tomato and Parmesan Gratin

Ahhhhh thank the Lord it is the weekend!

For some reason, I have felt absolutely shattered this week and I came home tonight and got straight into bed for a power nap! I have got a very fun-filled weekend with my best friends to look forward to and I am just hoping the rain doesn’t scupper any of our plans.

Today’s recipe is one I made up as I was cooking one evening this week. Neither of us were particularly hungry and I fancied a meat-free dinner so came up with this courgette dish.

Ian and I had this as a main course with some fresh, crusty bread dipped in but it would work fantastically as a side dish with meat or fish too.

Ingredients

A glug of olive oil

One onion, chopped

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

Salt and pepper

A pinch of mixed herbs or a few fresh basil leaves

2 courgettes, sliced

3 tomatoes, sliced

A good handful of freshly grated parmesan cheese

How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, Gas Mark 4
  • Begin by making the tomato sauce base
  • Heat some olive oil in a frying pan
  • Add the onion and lightly fry until it starts to soften but not brown
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper
  • Cook the sauce for about 5 minutes until it has thickened slightly then pour the contents of the pan into an ovenproof dish
  • Now for the vegetable layer: start browning off the sliced courgettes in a large pan with some oil
  • Season as you are cooking them
  • Once they have browned, start layering them in rows, slotting in a slice of tomato every now and then
  • Once you have a completed layer, sprinkle over a generous amount of parmesan cheese
  • Pop the dish into the oven for about 20-30 minutes or until the cheese has browned nicely
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About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

One response »

  1. Hi there. Food on Friday: Tomatoes is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Cheers

    Reply

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