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Friday, 18 December 2015

Corn & courgette fritters with halloumi, chorizo and roasted tomatoes


Be warned - there's a lot going on in this dish, multiple hobs and something in the oven. Hopefully, you'll have a slightly less sensitive fire alarm which got set off by the fat from the chorizo, which left me flapping a tea towel in an attempt to shut it up while keeping the fritters warm, griddling the halloumi and taking the tomaotes out of the oven. This led to me overcooking the poached eggs, and a solid yolk is a disaster in my book.

But other than that, this dish is fabulous and the flavours all really work well together, from the sweetly caramalised tomatoes and the rich, spicy chorizo, with the satisfying stodge of the halloumi and fritters. It is just full of fresh ingredients to perk you up on a winter's day.

 

Recipe - serves two 

Grate a courgette and squeeze out the excess water, season with salt and place over a bowl in a sieve and leave for an hour to get rid of any remaining water. 

While waiting for the courgette to drain, place cherry tomatoes on the vine into an oven-proof dish and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Preheat the over to 150 degrees celsius and let the tomatoes cook slowly for sixty minutes to make them sweet and luscious. 

After an hour pop the courgette into a bowl and stir through a small can of sweetcorn and season (here you could add diced feta, but I thought that was a tad overboard with the halloumi also).

Add around 3-5 tablespoons of flour, or enough to bring the mixture together into a thick consistency.



Put water in a saucepan to boil. Then fry patties of the courgette and corn fritters in a little olive oil over a medium heat for a couple of minutes on either side. Keep them warm in kitchen towel.

In a second pan fry circles of chorizo, and in a griddle pan fry slices of halloumi (I told you there is a lot going on). When everything is almost cooked, start to poach your eggs in the simmering saucepan of water for a couple of minutes until the yolk is runny.

Remove the tomatoes from the oven and plate up.

Serve with strong coffee.


 




Enjoy x