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  • Seasonal recipe No 61: Courgette gratin

    Posted on September 10th, 2010 Trish No comments

    An excellent, tasty recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Jamie Does book.

    Serves 6-8 as a side
    (half quantities makes a generous main for 2)

    Preparation: 35 minutes
    Cooking in oven: 40 minutes

    Ingredients
    2 tbsp duck fat or olive oil
    3 onions, peeled and very finely sliced
    180g basmati rice
    7 medium courgettes, finely sliced
    500ml hot chicken or vegetable stock
    4 heaped tbsp crème fraîche
    150g emmental or cheddar cheese, finely grated
    salt and black pepper
    olive oil

    Method
    Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5. Get a large frying pan on a low heat and add the fat or oil and a splash of water. Once melted and hot, add the sliced onions and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until soft and sticky. Meanwhile, rinse your rice under cold running water until the water runs clear.

    When the onions look ready, add the sliced courgettes to the pan along with the rice. Mix them up, then pour in the hot stock. Turn the heat up and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the mixture to stay quite loose and oozy, so add a little more stock if needed. Take the pan off the heat and gently stir in the crème fraîche and 100g of your grated cheese. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper, then taste and adjust the seasoning if need be.

    Lightly oil a roasting tray, gratin dish or casserole-type pan, approx 25cm x 25cm. Tip everything into the prepared tray, making sure the rice is evenly distributed. Roughly flatten it out and try to get most of the courgettes on top to help keep the moisture as it cooks. Sprinkle over the rest of the grated cheese.

    Bake in the hot oven for 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and bubbling and the rice has absorbed most of the liquid. Serve next to grilled meat or fish and a lovely fresh salad.

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