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minty courgettes

2 large-ish courgettes
5 garlic cloves
1 red chilli (not too hot)
1 handful chopped fresh mint
extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Peel and thinly slice the garlic. De-seed and finely chop the chilli. Pour a good, generous glug of extra virgin olive oil into a frying pan and add the garlic and chilli while the oil is cold. Fry gently over a medium heat. You don't want to brown the garlic and chilli - just to soften it.

Meanwhile, slice the courgettes into rounds (about 1/2 cm thick) and add to the pan. Stir well to ensure the courgette slices are well-coated with the oil, which has by now been flavoured nicely by the garlic and chilli.

Season to taste with a pinch of salt and some freshly ground black pepper.

Continue to cook gently for about 5 minutes or until the courgettes are nicely softened. Again, you're not trying to brown them - just to soften them.

Meanwhile, finely chop about a handful of fresh mint.

Once the courgettes have softened, remove pan from heat, stir in the chopped mint, and leave to stand for about 5-10 minutes so all the flavours can infuse.

This works really well warm as a side dish for grilled meats or fish and is also really nice the next day, served cold.

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posted by moyra on 30 Jul 12 - 1268 views

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