Courgettes (zucchini) stuffed with minced beef, feta cheese and pistachios
I found these beautiful round courgettes and started thinking what to do with them. It's a bit obvious but stuffing them was my idea, so here we go. Of course you can use the "normal" courgettes (zucchini).
Nothing complicated and you can make as many variations as you like. Start by hollowing the courgettes. Keep the pulp, we will use that to make the sauce. I sprinkled some salt inside the hollowed courgettes and left them upside down to lose some moist.
Stuffing; minced beef, a little dried ham (prosciutto or whatever) cut in tiny bits, finely cut small shallot and garlic, pinch of chili flakes, an egg, a small handful of breadcrumbs, a handful of chopped pistachios, quite a lot of feta cheese, a few leaves of chopped fresh mint, some dried lemon verbena, s&p.
Cook in the oven at 180°C/350°F for 35-45 minutes.
Sauce; sweat a chopped onion and some garlic. Add the pulp of the courgettes and leave to sweat for a few minutes. Add half a cup of water or chicken stock and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. I added a few saffron threads and a good pinch of a Moroccan spice mix. Those will provide that nice yellow color. If not available, use no more than 1/4 tsp of turmeric. Mix finely into a sauce.
Edited by ChrisBelgium - 3/30/14 at 5:01am