Courgette (Zucchini) is one of those vegetables which sneaks into my cooking more as a bulking and 'secret vegetable' rather than a star in its own right. I'm not sure how this situation came about and it's even more annoying because I love growing courgettes and generally have had some real success with them. There is something so beautiful about them, especially the yellow and 'ball' varieties.
So, here is an attempt to make courgette the star. I think this is something I will cook in future for adults too. The little one thought it was ok, gave it a go, had a couple and then moved onto something else. I can only imagine his little unimpressed face had I given him a boiled courgette! Bleurgh!
Courgette (Zucchini) Chips (Fries) for Babies and Toddlers - serves 2
Half a large or one small courgette (zucchini)
20-25g grated parmesan, grana padano or vegetarian alternative
1 tbsp plain flour
Salt and pepper (omit for babies and toddlers)
Preheat the oven to 220oC, 430oF
Cut the courgette into 5cm (2 inch) lengths. Cut again into sticks no more than 1cm (1/4 inch) wide so they look like fries.
Break the egg and whisk it a little to break up the yolk.
Grate the cheese and put into a plastic food bag with the flour; mix well.
Line a baking tin with non stick baking paper.
This is where it gets messy. Dip the sticks into the egg then into the cheese mixture giving them a good shake. Put onto the baking tray and season if not using for babies or toddlers.
Spray with some spray oil and bake for 12-15 mins or until browned and soft in the middle.