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Crispy Courgettes with Whipped Feta and Honey

This might just be the best side dish, ever. The batter is light and crisp and the za’atar and pul biber pack a flavourful punch. Served with garlicky whipped feta and honey, this crispy courgette number really is the perfect combination of flavours and textures.

  • Author: zenak
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

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  • 2 courgettes
  • 200g greek yoghurt
  • 100g feta, crumbled
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
  • 50g plain flour
  • 50g cornflour
  • 120ml ice-cold sparkling water
  • 500ml vegetable or sunflower oil, for frying
  • sprinkle of za’atar
  • sprinkle aleppo pepper
  • drizzle of honey

Instructions

  1. Slice the courgettes on a bias into 2 cm slices. Place in a colander, season with salt and toss to coat. Leave to sit for 30 mins to 1 hour to drain.
  2. Meanwhile, place the greek yoghurt, feta and garlic (if using) in a bowl. Season lightly with salt and whisk until well-combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Pour the vegetable oil in a large saucepan, ensuring it’s no more than half full. Heat over medium-high heat to 180°C. If you don’t have a food thermometer, place the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil: the oil will bubble rapidly around it when it’s ready for frying.
  4. Place the flour and cornflour in a mixing bowl and season with a good pinch of salt. Add the ice-cold soda water and whisk until just combined.
  5. Working one at a time, dip the courgette slices into the batter then carefully lower into the hot oil and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly golden and crispy.
  6. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with a wire rack to drain and sprinkle generously with za’atar and aleppo pepper. You can also add a pinch of salt, if need be.
  7. Assembly time. Spread the whipped feta onto a plate and pile the crispy courgette on top. Finish with a good drizzle of honey and serve immediately – this is one of those dishes that doesn’t hold particularly well.

Notes

If you don’t have pul biber, you can substitute it for half the amount of chilli flakes plus a pinch of smoked paprika.

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