Evelyn Rose suggests this meatless dish for Simhat Torah in this week's
"Table Talk" column in the Jewish Chronicle (Great Britain). (Israelis
know courgettes as ~kishu'im~.)
Leftovers may be frozen.
For vegetarians the anchovies can be omitted.
10-12 crisp and shiny-skinned courgettes, each 5-6 inches (12-15 cm) long
50 grams anchovies, drained (reserve the oil)
1 Tablespoon each butter and oil from the anchovies (or olive oil if the
anchovies are omitted)
3 shallots or a small bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
For the sauce:
12 fl oz. (350 ml) milk
2 oz. (50g) plain flour
1 oz. (25g) butter
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
good shake of white pepper
2 eggs beaten
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
2 oz. (50g) mature Cheddar cheese, grated (or 4 oz. (125g) grated Cheddar
4 rounded Tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
1-1/2 oz. (40g) butter, melted
Spread the breadcrumbs on a tray and dry in the kitchen for an hour, then
mix well with the melted butter.
Wipe the courgettes, top and tail them and cut them in half lengthways.
Scoop out some of the flesh with a teaspoon, leaving a boat-shaped shell
about 3/8-inch (1 cm) thick. Reserve the flesh.
Bring a large pan of water to the boil with 1 teaspoon salt and cook the
courgette shells, covered, until they are barely tender — about 5 minutes.
Drain well and arrange in a large buttered entrée dish that will hold them
in one layer.
For the filling: Drain the anchovies and chop finely.
Put the tablespoon oil into a frying pan with the tablespoon of butter. Add
the shallots or onion and the anchovies and cook until the onion is golden,
then add the courgette flesh, finely chopped.
Cook until the flesh falls and becomes creamy in texture and golden in
colour. Remove the mixture from the pan with a slotted spoon, leaving any
free oil behind.
Set the oven at gas 6 (400 F, 200 C).
For the sauce: Put the butter, flour and cold milk into a pan with the
seasonings. Whisk over medium heat (use a balloon or batter whisk) until
the sauce thickens smoothly, then change to a wooden spoon.
Simmer, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes; then add the beaten eggs and
the cheese. Mix well and bring back to the boil, then take off the heat.
Taste and add more cheese if desired.
Divide the filling between the courgettes. Then pour the sauce over and
sprinkle the whole dish with the buttered crumbs (the dish may now be left
for several hours or overnight).
Bake for 20 minutes or until the topping is crisp and golden. Cool for 5
minutes before serving.
Evelyn Rose - Jewish Chronicle, UK
9 October 1998
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