Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Patties

 

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Baby Marrow, Zucchini or Courgette, whatever you call them, just know that these are the bomb ! Personally, I find them super versatile, whether cooked or raw, they are delicious but not only that, they are nutritious.  I found some yellow ones alongside the green ones in the shop the other day…you have no idea how excited I was….

Anyway, back to the important stuff……

I definitely seem to be on a Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) kick right now. It is although I am obsessed with them.  Is that bad?  I cannot tell you how many times I have made these patties, and I just do not tire from them. Okay, lets not talk about my obsession….Lets talk about how amazingly good these babies are…. And, they can easily be made even healthier by using Gluten – Free flour and Gluten – Free breadcrumbs !!!  Yay !!!

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These are super easy to do.  The most time-consuming part is preparing the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes), but really it is not that bad, and so totally worth it. Haha a slight contradiction there…but you know what I mean! 

Also, these little bundles of deliciousness can be either lightly fried, or my preferred way is to bake them.  But, seriously, both ways are delicious ……

These babies… and a basic salad, and I am sorted 🙂 .

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Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Patties

Preparation time:  20 minutes (excluding time for salt to do its magic and help extract water)

Cooking time:  approximately 1 hour

Total time:  1 hour 20 minutes

Makes 20

Ingredients:

1 kilogram grated Organic Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) medium-sized

1/2 diced large onion

2 – 3 discs feta cheese, crumbled

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Dried Origanum to taste

Dried Thyme to taste

Salt and Pepper to taste

4 heaped tablespoons flour *

2 cups bread crumbs *

2 free-range jumbo eggs

lemon wedges to serve and a green salad with avocado if possible

Instructions:

Firstly, grate the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes), and place in a bowl with a good dose of salt and place in the refrigerator for an hour.  This helps release the water content within the Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes). Then pour any water off, and place the grated Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) in the middle of a dish cloth/towel and basically bring the corners of the drying cloth together and twist, and squeeze.  Do this a few times. Remember the more water left in, the more soggy your patties will be.  This part is a bit time-consuming but it is necessary.

Then, add Baby Marrows (Zucchini, Courgettes) and all the other ingredients into a large bowl.

Stir with a metal tablespoon and combine.

Taste, and add more herbs and seasoning if necessary. (Don’t be afraid to taste, all the best chef’s taste ! )

With your hands and a metal tablespoon, make fair-sized balls and place on a lightly greased baking tray.  Flatten slightly.

To bake:  Preheat oven at 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake approximately 30 minutes either side.

or….fry with a little oil on top of the stove.

Enjoy 🙂

  •  You can use a Gluten – Free flour for these.  It works equally as well
  •  Gluten – Free breadcrumbs work brilliantly as well

 

 

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Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Pizza Base with Roasted Miso Chickpeas and Cheesy Cherry Tomato Topping

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So, what is not to love?  Remember when the Baby Marrow Pizza Base was all the craze.  I think the whole veggie base thing started with the cauliflower pizza base…low calories and such like, then the baby marrow one came in for the play…yet another success, and then….. it all kind of fizzled out !  Where did the fancy healthy veggie pizza bases go ??? Well, fizzled out or not, for me they are the ultimate best !!!  So, they can be a little work, but really…lets not split hairs over a little bit of an arm workout….and it is healthy !

So, the squeezing out of the water content is crucial, otherwise ….. 😦 soggy pizza … and that is not cool !  Otherwise you are good to go !

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Baby Marrow (Zucchini, Courgette) Pizza Base with Roasted Miso Chickpeas and Cheesy, Cherry Tomato Topping

Preparation time:  25 minutes (excluding draining of water content)

Cooking time:  1 hour

Total time:  1 hour and 25 minutes

Ingredients:

1 kilogram baby marrow (zucchini, courgette), grated

1 jumbo sized free-range egg

1/2  medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour*

salt and pepper

extra salt for grated baby marrows (zucchini, courgettes) to help release the water content from veggie

origanum and thyme (fresh or dried)

Instructions:

Once the baby marrow (zucchini, courgettes) have been grated (this takes about 10 minutes) sprinkle liberally with some fine salt, add to a colander which fits into a bowl with sufficient space underneath for the water to drip into and place in the refrigerator. This can even be done overnight or let it sit for minimum 45 minutes.  Once time is up, remove the colander from the bowl and tip the grated baby marrow (zucchini, courgettes) into the middle of a dish towel/cloth.  Bring the corners and sides up from the cloth and twist, so that the baby marrow (zucchini, courgettes) form a ball. Twist and squeeze over the kitchen sink.  Continue to do this, squeezing every last drop of water out from the baby marrow (zucchini, baby courgette).

I managed to squeeze out 425 millilitres of water content from mine, so you can see a fair amount of water is trapped within the veggie!

Once done, add the grated baby marrow (zucchini, courgettes) to a large bowl.

Then add the balance of the ingredients, and stir well so all the ingredients are combined well.

Season well to taste.

Add the mixture to a baking tray greased and lined with baking paper (I use Spray ‘n Cook) on the baking paper as well or use a silicone sheet.

Top the baking paper with the base mixture and flatten with your hands until you reach the thickness you want for your base.

Place baking tray into your preheated oven at 210 degrees Celsius (fan oven) for 15 minutes /220 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. Then, reduce the oven temperature by 10 degrees and cook for a further 15 minutes.  Once the one side is done, (and it must not be soft, but firm) take out the oven, and carefully flip over.  This is delicate.  I use a board to assist the actual turning over and then back onto the baking sheet. Please don’t try to turn with utensils, trust me the base will just break.  Once turned over, cook for about 15 minutes on the other side. Cook until you are happy.  I like a firm and crisp base, so depending on your oven times may differ slightly.

Remove from the oven and put the topping on.

Topping:

Pasta Sauce

a combination of mozzarella and feta cheese

cherry tomatoes

roasted miso seasoned chickpeas*

baby spinach

Place in the oven again till the cherry tomatoes pop and the cheese melts to your liking. Remove, and add loads of fresh basil leaves.

Enjoy 🙂

  • If using Gluten-Free flour, you may need a more flour than mentioned.
  • For Miso Roasted Chickpeas:  Roast in oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes (or until crisp) with salt, pepper and miso seasoning

Quinoa, Carrot and Baby Marrow Cakes

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I was in desperate need of something healthy to snack on for lunch.

Basically I had carrots that would have been looking sad in a day or two and a tray of baby marrows which wouldn’t have made even a mini baby marrow pizza! So my options were limited apart from making a stew or whatever.

I decided to concoct a little vegetable cake.  These are so simple to do and can be done in a flash, especially if you have the quinoa cooked already or whilst the quinoa is cooking the rest can be prepared. With regards to the baby marrow, these I did not cook initially at all, instead they were just grated and squeezed in a dish towel to get as much water out of them.  There is also a trick to this, sprinkle the grated baby marrow with salt, let it sit awhile, and then twist and turn the dish towel and squeeze.  Baby Marrows contain water, and it is amazing how much water will be released. The squeezing of the baby marrows is probably the hardest part of these veggie cakes, but there is nothing wrong with a bit of an arm workout.

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Quinoa, Carrot and Baby Marrow Cakes

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes (quinoa)

Total time: 40 minutes, excluding frying

Makes 10

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa

4 medium sized onions, grated

350 grams baby marrows, grated

3/4 spring onions, sliced

1 jumbo sized free range egg

origanum (either dry or fresh, chopped)

salt and pepper to taste

3 very heaped tablespoons Gluten Free Tapioca Flour (cake wheat flour will work just as well)

and extra Tapioca Flour to roll cakes in before frying (cake wheat flour will work just as well)

Oil for frying

Instructions:

Cook Quinoa as per packet instructions, but using only 1/2 cup quinoa to 1 cup of boiling water, let simmer until done, approximately 15 minutes.

Grate the carrots, and set aside.

Slice the spring onions, and set aside

Grate the baby marrows.  Place on a dish towel and sprinkle with salt.  Let it sit awhile, the longer the better, and then squeeze the baby marrows to help draw out the water content.  Be careful not to pile on the salt otherwise your veggie cakes will be overly salty.

Once the water is all out as best you can, place the quinoa, carrots, baby marrow, spring onions, egg, a good sprinkling of origanum, salt and pepper into a medium sized bowl.

Mix the ingredients until combined.

Then, add a heaped tablespoon of flour at a time, mixing well, after each addition.

Shape into balls with the help of a tablespoon.

Coat each ball with a little of the extra flour and set aside.  (If you need more flour, to coat, just add accordingly)

In a large frying pan, heat up a little oil.  I used vegetable oil and fry the veggie cakes until crisp and golden brown.

Serve with a crisp salad for a healthy lunch or with baby potatoes and vegetables for dinner.

Enjoy 🙂