A delicious French dish which would make a great snack or starter.


  • courgettes
  • 8-10 cloves of garlic
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • olives
  • basil and thyme


  • First step, is to put the courgettes into a large pan of salted boiling water and then about eight to ten cloves of garlic go in there with them.
  • And we leave that to poach for between about ten and fifteen minutes until they are nice and tender. Take them out and pop them on a tea towel to drain them. The courgettes just need to be sliced in half lengthwise and placed in the gratin dish. Fit them in as snugly as you can.
  • Fish the garlic cloves out of their skins, place in a bowl and add some lemon juice and some olive oil to them, and just mash the mixture. It looks a bit scary, but there’s a lovely fragrance coming off the mixture.
  • And then a little bit of salt and pepper and then this lovely purée gets spread over the courgettes. Chop some olives on here just to give it a bit more colour. Now some basil, and some thyme, and that’s the dish.
  • Poached courgettes with garlic pulp, but I think we’ll stick with the French courgettes á la pulpe d’ail. It sounds a bit better that way.

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