Recipes from The Andalucia Kitchen Garden
Courgette fritters with Tarragon aïoli mayonnaise
Crispy, tasty fritters. Ideal for lunch with a green salad (from the garden) or a snack. Your kids will love these and not know they are eating veg.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: Makes approx 6 - 8 fritters Difficulty: Easy to Medium
- For the Aïoli
- bunch French tarragon leaves and stalks
- 300ml vegetable oil
- 1 garlic clove crushed to a paste with a pinch of salt
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- For the Fritters
- 4 courgettes coarsely grated
- 4 spring onions sliced
- 50g feta cheese crumbled
- 50g parmesan cheese grated
- pinch chilli flakes
- 2 eggs beaten
- 4 tbsp self-raising flour
- 2 lemons zested
- 2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds or toasted almond flakes
- olive oil for frying
First, make the tarragon aïoli. Prepare an ice bath with ice cubes and water in a bowl, ready to refresh the tarragon. Bring a pan of water to the boil and blanch the tarragon for 30 secs. Drain quickly and immediately refresh in the ice-cold water. Squeeze out the excess water, then blitz with the oil in a food processor until you have a green oil. Strain through a sieve to remove some of the bits.
Put the garlic and egg yolks in a bowl and whisk until the yolks go pale and fluffy. Squeeze in a touch of lemon juice and whisk again, then slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking quickly and continuously, until it starts to thicken. Add a tiny splash of water if it looks like it’s going to split. Keep adding the oil until it’s all combined into a nice, thick green aïoli. Taste for seasoning and add lemon juice or salt to balance it.
To make the fritters, toss the courgettes with a large pinch of sea salt and put in a colander set over the sink or a bowl for about 10 mins. Tip into a clean tea towel and squeeze out the excess moisture.
Mix the courgettes with all the other fritter ingredients (except the oil) until well combined. Heat a little olive oil in a non-stick pan and add fritter-sized spoonfuls. Cook until a crust has developed, then flip over with a palette knife or spatula. Keep warm on a plate in the oven until they’re all done, then serve with hefty dollops of the aïoli. This is good as a side for fish, or as a snack/starter on a summer day.