The stuffed courgette is a Roux family favourite. Simple food at its best. My mother-in-law is a passionate gardener, all throughout the year she pampers all her different varieties of fruits and vegetables.
- 2 large courgettes
- 150g sausage meat
- 150g minced pork loin
- 50g of grated Parmesan
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 1 leek
- 1 garlic clove
- 50g fresh mint
- 20cl white wine
- 40cl veal stock
- Salt, pepper and olive oil
Trim and wash the courgettes before cutting a “hat” lengthwise, in roughly one third of the vegetables. Dig out the centre of the courgettes with the help of a small spoon and keep aside the flesh to add later on in the stuffing.
Cut into small dices the carrot, onion, leek and the “hat” of the courgettes. Stir fry all the vegetables together in a lightly oiled pan with a garlic clove. Blanch the courgettes in heavily salted water for approximately 1 minute. To immediately stop the cooking and preserve the vibrant green colour of the vegetables, strain and put in iced water.
In a large ball, mix the sausage meat, the minced pork loin and all the diced vegetables cooked earlier on. Roughly chop the fresh mint and add all the final ingredients to the mix. Season generously with salt and pepper before stuffing your courgettes.
Cook the courgettes for about 30 minutes at 175°C in a large baking tray. Once cooked, de-glaze the baking tray with white wine and scrape the bottom to release any browned bits. Let it reduce, until nearly all evaporated before adding the veal stock. Bring to the boil and reduce until the jus has the right consistency. You are ready to tuck in!
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The stuffed courgette is a Roux family favourite. Simple food at its best. My mother-in-law is a passionate gardener, all throughout the year she pampers all her different varieties of fruits and vegetables. She never ceases to amaze me, even at her age, through snow and rain she continues to plant the most tasteful and authentic greens.
Her extra-large courgettes are the best. Gorged with sun, they really taste like no other. Combining homely food, exceptional products and a good glass of wine could not bring a bigger smile to my face.
To accompany this provincial family dish, I suggest a fresh rosé full of fruity and floral aromas. The Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. The Grenache is the dominant grape variety that gives this young wine elegant aromas of small red berries that match perfectly with the robust provincial taste of this dish.
For amateurs of red wine, I propose a real unofficial “grand crus” from the Burgundy region. The Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin is an intense and fruity wine with heaps of deep, red fruit flavours such a black cherry and wild blackberry with hints of aromatic liquorice. This is a wine with character that can support the pronounced taste of the well-seasoned meat stuffing.
To make this meal even a little more special why not try a fantastic heavy weight white. Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Chenevottes, has a real tang of pineapple and velvety flavours of guava. With impressive notes of stone fruits.
Michel Roux Jr’s wines to drink
Mirabeau Pure Provence Rosé: A perfect balance with good acidity and depth of flavour to match the provence style of this dish. A heavy weight rose that comes up trumps with the sausage meat. RRP: £12.99 from Waitrose
Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin: a great Pinot Noir with elegance and lots of unctuous fruit also with a hint of aromatic liquorice; although full of deep flavour, it is light enough to fit perfectly with this comforting dish. RRP: £32.99 from Waitrose
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, Les Chenevottes: a heavy weight white wine that would normally be associated with fine dining, it simply brings out the best of these simple ingredients. RRP: £39.95 from The Oxford Wine Company