Some recipes come about as a result of careful thought – a seed of an idea that grows ans morphs in the mind over time until it finally blossoms into the realised dish. Then there are recipes that come about when there’s not much left in the fridge. This recipe is the latter, but it was so delicious I just had to share it.
It’s a creamy, cheesy parcel with a crispy top and a bed of subtly flavoured veg hiding underneath with slithers of veggie bacon.
I used veggie bacon. A few walnuts would probably add great texture, too, if that’s to your taste.
Here’s what to do to make four parcels, which would serve as a main at lunch or a generous starter at dinner.
- 1 large courgette
- 1 clove of garlic
- 4tbsp of light olive oil
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- Pinch of salt
- Generous mill of pepper
- 4 slices of veggie bacon
- 80g goat’s cheese
- 20g walnut halves
- 1 pack of filo pastry
- Fry the veggie bacon in a drop of oil until just cooked, then snip into rough 1cm pieces and set aside
- Grate the courgette and press out as much moisture as possible in a colander or sieve
- Finely slice the garlic
- Warm 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan on a medium heat, then add the courgette, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper and fry for 4-6 minutes until soft and all the liquid has steamed away, stir in the bacon bits and walnuts, then set aside
- Pre-rolled filo packs tend to have six rectangular sheets so open them out and then cut down the centre to create 12 square sheets
- Place one square on a floured surface, brush with oil, then place another sheet on top at an angle, brush with oil, followed by a third sheet at another angle, then brush with oil again
- Divide the courgette mix into four equal portions and place one portion in the middle of the pastry
- Cut the goat’s cheese in to four equal discs and place one disc on top of the courgette in the middle of the pastry
- Pull the pastry up around the filling to the middle and squeeze to create a parcel with a flowered top.
- Brush all over with oil
- Put on an oiled baking sheet
- Repeat until you have four equal parcels
- Bake at 180 Celsius for about 15 minutes until they’re a rich golden brown
- On a plate, sweep the balsamic glaze while squeezing to create a broad zigzag pattern, then place a parcel on top and serve
Easy, quick, but pretty impressive looking, I reckon.