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! (:
10 thoughts on “Cooking in NZ : Courgette Polpette”
Nothing says thank you better than a meal made with love :).
Looks and sounds great! I do confess I had to google what “courgettes” were hehe but I love zucchini so should be awesome to try one day 🙂
You’re absolutely right! There is no better way to say thank you than a meal made with our hearts!
(: haha it’s alright babe! I also call it zucchini! I think it’s a english thing hehe 😀 Do try it and let me know what u think!
I totally agree that’s it’s always nice to cook for the ones you love and to see them devour the food that you make for them 🙂
These look lovely! And ahhaah Just like Ames i had to GOOGLE Courgettes gosh i feel ignorant! I seriously thought it some type of bread hehe but looks yummy!
Haha I think it’s just a new Zealand thing to call it courgettes! Oops! Hehe 🙂 but yes! Cooking loved ones a meal is the best way to celebrate any occasion! Hehe xx
LOL no wonder Mr Bao says I don’t love him much lol i’m always cooking and baking for my ‘blog’ or others but never really him 😛
awww im sure that’s not true! Everytime u cook for him shows that u love him! (:
That looks so delicious! Like little vege meat balls. We always make way too much food for family dinners too!
Aww thanks babe! 🙂 they were indeed like vegetarian meatballs! Hehe cheesy too! Hehe
It’s only called a party when there is heaps of food aye? Hehe my fav kind of family party!
Hi Liannelow, thanks so much for this recipe. I tried it a few days ago and ever since try to remember to thank you for it. It’s totally delicious, like a million calories, which it doesn’t have. And easier to make than I thought! This will definitely go into my best-recipe-collection.
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 and you’re totally right, tastes like a million calories but it isn’t really! And really delicious too even kids would love it! Hehe