Sunday, 9 September 2012

Nigel Slater's Feta and Tomato Stuffed Marrow

It's lovely to be able to make a meal using pretty much solely produce from the garden. The only thing not out the garden is the feta and the chilli. The chilli would have come from the garden but the plant's haven't produced anything this year. This is an absolutely brilliant way of using over sized courgettes. I always end up with one or two that I don't catch early enough and that grow huge, so it's nice to have a way to use them rather than them going to waste. Really simple oven only meal too.

Feta and Tomato Stuffed Marrow (adapted from Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers)
(Serves 4)
(6 WW ProPoints per serving)

1 medium-sized marrow
24 cherry tomatoes
salt and black pepper
1 medium-sized red chilli
a few sprigs of fresh oregano
a little low fat spread
200g feta
6 little sprigs of thyme

Preheat the oven to 200C

Cut 6-8 pieces of greaseproof paper about 30cm/12in square. Lay the marrow on a work surface, slice it in half round the middle and scoop out and discard the seeds. Cut each half into 6-8 thick hollow rounds. Place 2 rounds of marrow on top of each other onto each of the pieces of greaseproof paper.

Cut the cherry tomatoes in half and place in a bowl. Season with salt and black pepper.

Halve the chillies lengthways and scrape out their seeds. Finely chop the flesh of the chilli and add it to the tomatoes. Tear up the oregano leaves and stir into the tomato and chilli filling mixture.

Pile the filling into the hollows of the marrow slices. (If there is any left over then add it to the parcels just before wrapping). Dot pieces of low fat spread over the top of the marrow slices. Wrap the parcels tightly and secure by scrunching the tops or securing with a paper clip. Bake for 40-50 minutes.

Carefully open the parcels and check that the marrow is moist and translucent (if it isn’t then spoon over some of the juices in the parcel.)

Break up the feta and carefully push it into the middle of each round of marrow. Add the thyme in small sprigs.

Close the parcels again and return them to the oven for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is warm and slightly soft to the touch.

To serve, spoon the stuffed marrow rounds onto 3-4 plates and spoon over the juices that have collected in the parcels.

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