As a way to say thank you to my uncle, auntie and cousins for their kind and awesome hospitality. The hubs and I decided to cook dinner for everyone. There were 11 of us that night and needless-to-say I was quite worried with how the menu would turn out. Mum was super worried that there won’t be enough food. But of course, there was always WAY too much!
We were quite daring to try one of the recipes that we saw on a cooking show at Paihia a couple of days before the scheduled dinner – courgette polpette. Simply put, cheesy courgette balls! haha As funny as that sounds, it tasted surprisingly good!
It wasn’t heavy even though there was quite a bit of cheese added, I didn’t cook the courgettes till they were overly tender, I preferred mine with a bit of crunch! But might actually be easier to roll and combine them when they are softer. haha. Personal preference! (:
Courgette polpette (adapted from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in River Cottage Everyday)
2 tbs olive oil
3 medium courgettes, finely diced into cubes
1 egg, beaten
2 tbs grated cheddar
1/2 ball buffalo mozzarella, diced
1 tbs chopped parsley
Ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat oven to 200ºC and line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the courgettes for about 10 minutes, until tender and golden. Set aside to cool it a little.
3. Combine with all the other ingredients to make a thick, sticky mixture. Season with black pepper.
4. Take a heap teaspoon of the mixture and roll them into balls. Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 mins or until it starts to brown. Serve them warm or cold. With bread or with salad. ENJOY!
ps : it’s vegetarian-friendly too! (: