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One of our favourite ways to cook courgettes; they look lovely and have a beautiful, slightly smoky taste. Try mixing with some white beans and halved cherry tomatoes, or with asparagus, cherry tomatoes and halloumi, or serve as a side dish with chicken. This works best with a ridged griddle pan or barbecue, and ideally some tongs. If you don’t have any basil, use some roughly chopped mint instead, or some grated lemon zest and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Ingredients

  • 4 courgettes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil & extra for dressing
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded & chopped or a pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
  • A handful of basil
  • ½ garlic clove
  • Salt & pepper

Method

  1. Slice the courgettes lengthways into strips about 3-4mm thick.
  2. Toss in the oil, season well, add the chilli if using, then cook in batches on a ridged griddle pan, turning when one side has charred slightly. Try not to move the courgettes as they are cooking; they will have cooked plenty by the time you have marks on both sides.
  3. Remove to a serving bowl.
  4. You can either serve just with the basil torn over, or blitz the basil and garlic with enough oil to make a dressing in a food processor or blender.
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