If so, I am not that sorry as I am still set to continue with this seasonal vegetable.
Today, I share with you Stuffed Courgette Tondo di Piacenza with Ricotta.
I am not a huge fan of ricotta. I find it flavourless. Also it often gets overcooked and the consistency changes and that puts me off, however I was not going to let a past experience put me off and was willing to give ricotta a go again. The ricotta filling in these round stuffed Courgettes is inspired by one of my favourite food writers Nadine Abensur from her cookbook Cranks Fast Food.
So how do I feel about ricotta?!
Well, it was all very impressive and okay to eat, but I have to confess I am still not converted to Ricotta and still feel the same, but I will share the recipe as you may have a soft spot for it.
I am also sharing it with Eat Your Greens.
Stuffed Zucchini Tondo di Piacenza with Ricotta and Pine Nuts
Serves 2 - 3
3 Courgette Tondo di Piacenza
Slice the top of the round courgettes, so that you have a lid.
Then hollow out the bottom of the round courgettes or carefully hollow out the large long courgettes. Or slice in half and do it boat style if it is easier
Keep the hollowed out courgette flesh, roughly chopped and set aside
Coat the outside of the courgettes with olive oil and then place on baking tray and bake for 20 minutes gas mark 5/200oc until they begin to soften.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
For the filling Adapted from Nadine Abensur Fast Food Cranks
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely minced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 teaspoon vegetable stock powder
50g fresh breadcrumbs
30g pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a pan, add the minced onion and crushed garlic and the chopped courgette flesh.
Slowly cook for 8 - 10 minutes until soft.
Then turn off the heat and stir in the ricotta, vegetable stock powder, pine nuts breadcrumbs, chives and season to taste.
Fill the cooled courgettes with the filling until compact.
Return to the oven and bake for 10 - 15 minutes.