No one could say that Salmon isn’t trying…
Courgette egg nests / Uova in camicia nel nido di zucchini
But unfortunately – and not for the first time either – on this occasion he was misled by the title of the recipe, which Trota had written at the top of the shopping list instead of the ingredients…so you can imagine the tone of the debrief, but we live and learn. We also wish to state that no wildlife was endangered in the making of this dish.
The original recipe is from La Cucina Italiana; the Rowes adapted it for the cartoon kitchen as follows:
You will need: 4 eggs, 2 small/medium courgettes, 4 slices of white bread, a little double cream (40–50ml), about 10g butter, a bunch of flat-leaf parsley, the juice of ½ a lemon, a good glug of olive oil and your seasonings.
Using a mandolin, carefully slice the courgettes thinly lengthways, then char them on a griddle until you get those attractive markings. Don’t overcrowd the pan – do several batches if necessary.
Meanwhile, lightly butter the inside of 4 ovenproof cooking rings (we used 7cm Ø) and use them to cut discs of bread – use these to form the base at the bottom of each ring. Drizzle each breaded ring with 1–2 tbsp of double cream. Use slices of griddled courgette to line the inside circumference of each ring to create a nest, then fill each nest with an egg.
Place the rings on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake gently in a pre-heated oven at 140°C/gas 1 for 15–20min until the eggs have firmed and look ready (it depends how you like them: the Rowes aimed for medium, with a runny yolk).
While this is happening, prepare the drizzle: finely chop the parsley, add the lemon juice and olive oil, season and keep ready. When the egg/courgette nests are cooked, remove them from the rings (do this gently, you don’t want to scuff your masterpiece), place them on a serving plate and drizzle with parsley sauce.
Fairly easy to make and beautiful to present. Other than that seagull, everyone was most impressed! So well done, Trota – though you could be a little clearer next time you send the boys out shopping…