Chargrilled Courgettes with chilli honey and feta




40 minutes



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For the courgettes


1. Using a hot griddle pan  grill the lime halves cut side down with the garlic and chillies for 3 minutes.

2. Turn everything over, add the ancho chilli and grill for another 2 minutes until everything is nicely charred.

3. Pour the honey into a medium saucepan, then add the red chillies chopped into 4 lengthways, the charred garlic, limes and ancho. Cook on a medium heat for about 3 minutes until the honey loosens and begins to bubble.

4. Use tongs to squeeze the juices out of the ancho chillies and lime halves and into the mix, then take off the heat, stir in a small pinch of salt and leave to infuse while you grill the courgettes. This can even be made the day before and left to develop overnight.

5. Put the courgette slices in a bowl with two tablespoons of oil and half a teaspoon of salt. Mix to coat, then griddle the courgettes in three or four batches for three or four minutes on each side, until they have clear grill marks. Transfer to a plate, season with a little more salt, then repeat with the rest of the courgettes.

6. Heat the remaining three tablespoons of oil in a small saucepan and, once it’s hot, fry the oregano leaves for just 30-40 seconds, until they turn bright green and crisp. Strain through a heatproof sieve set over a heatproof bowl and set aside (keep the oregano infused oil).

7. Arrange the courgettes on your serving plate, then drizzle over half the chilli honey. Put the rest of the honey with the garlic and any ancho seeds into a small bowl. Set aside the chilli flesh and discard the lime halves.

8. Spoon the chillies evenly over the courgettes, then top with the feta cheese. Squeeze over one of the fresh lime wedges and top with the spring onions, crispy oregano leaves and just a drizzle of the strained oil.

9. Serve at room temperature with the reserved honey, extra oregano oil (save any you don’t use for another dish) and lime wedges for squeezing over.


This is a delicious recipe for courgettes lifted from the ordinary by adding rich tangy feta and drizzled over with a chilli, lime and garlic infused honey. Serve as a side dish or as part of a mezze. If you feel like making extra of the chilli honey, it will keep and is gorgeous with many things

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