I’ve turned out some pretty killer courgette recipes this season if I do say so myself, we’ve had Piccante Courgetti, Sesame Fried Courgettes and Courgette Brownies. But this is by far my favourite. I think it’s all down to the Chilli and Apple Jam from the South Devon Chilli Farm, but I’m willing to be proved wrong – so if you knock these up with a different chilli jammy concoction I wanna hear about it!
These are basically a courgette take on your average cheese twist, and they come out so sweet they could probably pass for dessert. But they’re perfect with both a cup of tea and a glass of wine, so enjoy them however you please.
250g block puff pastry
4 heaped tsps apple and chilli jam (or chilli jam of your choice)
100g courgette, grated and drained of moisture
1 beaten egg (for glazing)
grana padano or parmesan to grate on top
- Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 7 (conversions here) then grease and line a couple of baking trays.
- Roll out the puff pastry block on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle that’s about half a centimetre thick. Don’t bother getting your ruler out, just judge it by eye – you want it pretty thin.
- Grab a pastry brush and really lightly brush some of that beaten egg over the pastry.
- Dollop the chilli jam over the pastry and gently smooth it out so that the whole surface is covered.
- Scatter the grated courgette over, then (quickly as you can to avoid losing the filling) fold in half.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into strips, you want 10 – but if you’re looking for bigger twists then reduce that number accordingly.
- To make ’em twisty, grab the bottom end of the strip whilst keeping one hand steady on the top end, and gently twist a few times. This is a knack, it took me a while to get the hang of it.
- Lay the twists out on your baking trays, sprinkle a little cheese on top then slide onto the top rack of your nice hot oven and bake for about 15 minutes until golden brown and looking crispy.
- Leave to cool slightly, devour warm. They’ll keep for a few days in an airtight situation.
Your track recommendation for this recipe comes from The Black Ghosts, and yes I first heard this track while watching Twlight, and yes maybe I watched Twilight again recently – but you’re here to make good food, not judge me on my guilty movie pleasures.
Thanks for reading x