Courgette and Peppers to Tickle the Taste Buds from Burpee Seeds Europe
Not only does growing your own bring you a sense of achievement and wellbeing, but vegetables also keep much more of their vitamins when eaten quickly after harvesting.
The courgette and pepper below are the perfect additions to a superb recipe (at the bottom of the release) devised for Burpee by the chef Valerie Hamelin.
Courgette ‘Sure Thing’
This Burpee bred courgette really is a ‘Sure Thing’ because parthenocarpic plants bear fruit early in cool, cloudy conditions even when there are no bees or male flowers around. Its medium-size fruits are long and very tasty, its strong flavour is good with other vegetables.
The ultimate bell pepper for a container or small garden, each compact plant produces about ten fruits weighing 60–70 g and measuring 6–8 cm in length by 5 cm in width. The fruits ripen very early turning from light-green to deep red, with thick, juicy flesh. For maximum yield in the minimum of space ‘Popti’ cannot be beaten.
Courgette, Red Pepper & Feta Muffins
Makes 12 mini loaves
225g Courgette ‘Sure Thing’ grated
1tbsp Fresh basil chopped
½tbsp Dry oregano
50g Sweet red pepper ‘Popti’ diced
1tbsp Garlic – pureed or crushed
1tsp Smoked paprika
2tsp Baking powder
200g Plain flour
100g Feta cheese – crumbed, alternatively use goats cheese
100ml Rapeseed oil
2tbsp Parmesan cheese – grated
½ tsp Salt and pepper for seasoning
Place the grated courgette into a colander over a bowl and sprinkle with a little salt, this will help remove any excess liquid – Leave to drain for 20 minutes whilst preparing the rest of the recipe.
Preheat the oven to 200C.
Roast the diced peppers with the garlic for 8 minutes at 180C or until tender.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and smoked paprika into a large bowl then lightly whisk the eggs, milk and oil in a jug then pour onto dry ingredients and fold through. Add the crumbled feta, red peppers, basil and mix lightly. Next, add the drained grated courgette and mix.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin or mini loaf tin and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes.
Leave to cool in the tins for at least 10 minutes before turning on a wire rack.
Tip: Why not try with diced chorizo. Delicious!
To serve: Enjoy warm with dressed rocket leaves, perfect for picnics and light lunch.