Stuffed courgette flowers

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Stuffed courgette flowers, in this case stuffed with ricotta, sultanas and pine nuts, look incredible and Dominic Chapman's dish makes a great light starter. Courgettes remain attached to their flowers in the early stage of their growth and therefore the season for courgette flower dishes is fleeting. Make the most of the season with this glorious courgette flowers recipe.

First published in 2015




Stuffed courgette flowers




  • Piping bag and nozzle


Start by toasting the pine nuts for the courgette flowers. Place the pine nuts in a dry, hot pan and heat until they start to pop. Remove from the heat and set aside
Place the sultanas in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then turn off the heat. Leave the sultanas to soak in the pan for 10 minutes before straining
  • 40g of sultanas
Combine the diced courgette and ricotta in a bowl and then add the soaked sultanas and pine nuts
Add the basil and squeeze lemon juice into the bowl to taste. Season to taste
To prepare the courgette flowers, gently remove the stamen from inside and cut the tip off the opposite end. Scoop the mixture into a piping bag and then pipe into both of the courgette flowers. Set aside
  • 2 courgette flowers
For the vinaigrette, combine the mustard, salt and pepper in a bowl. Gradually whisk in the oils in a slow, steady stream until emulsified. Adjust seasoning again and if not sweet enough balance with sugar
Dress the diced tomato, sultanas, pine nuts, peas in the vinaigrette
In a separate bowl, combine the sherry vinegar and tomato purée. Season with salt and pepper and set aside
Clean and prepare the baby artichoke. Place in a pan and cover with water, add the lemon juice, and salt. Slowly bring to the boil for 3 minutes, remove from the heat and allow to cool in the liquid before cutting into quarters
Add a little oil to a frying pan placed over a medium-high heat. Add the sliced artichokes into the pan and fry until golden brown all over
  • 65ml of olive oil
Bring a pot of water to the boil. For the baby beetroot, clean off the stems leaving 1cm for presentation purposes. Blanch the beetroots. Allow to cool slightly before carefully peeling with a small knife and cutting into quarters
Dress the beetroots and artichokes in the vinaigrette
Place the courgette flowers in an oven set to 200°C/gas mark 5 and cook for 6 minutes or until the courgette flowers are starting to soften
To serve, spoon the tomato purée across the centre of both plates and lay the courgette flowers on top. Garnish with the dressed beetroots, diced tomato, artichoke, peas, sultanas, pine nuts and some fresh basil and chervil
First published in 2015

Dominic Chapman's passion for food is in the blood: his family has owned and run the highly acclaimed Castle Hotel in Taunton for over 60 years.

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