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    Sizzling courgettes agro dolce

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes
    • Total time: 30 minutes

    Serves: 4 as a side


    4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    4 medium courgettes, thickly sliced
    1 small red onion, finely sliced
    2 tbsp pine nuts
    1 garlic clove, sliced
    3 tbsp sherry or red wine vinegar
    1 tbsp light brown soft sugar
    2 tbsp flame raisins
    3 fresh oregano sprigs, leaves picked


    1 Put 3 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the courgettes and cook briskly, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, until sizzling and golden. Spoon the courgettes onto a plate, leaving as much oil as possible in the pan.

    2 Turn the heat down a little and add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in the pine nuts and garlic, then cook for 2 minutes, until the pine nuts begin to colour.

    3 Add the vinegar, sugar and raisins and simmer for a minute or so to form a syrupy glaze. Return the browned courgettes to the pan with the oregano and heat through for a further 2 minutes, tossing now and then to coat the vegetables. Season, drizzle with the remaining 1 tbsp oil and serve with fish or chicken and some crusty bread, if liked.

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose Food, July 2017. Updated June 2020.


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