Thursday, July 14, 2011

A Beautiful Omelette- with My Own Courgettes

To me, one of the most rewarding things is growing my own fruits and vegetables. From the planting of the seeds in the early spring to the excitement and expectation that comes with seeing them grow.  The best part, of course, is reaping the rewards when the time to harvest rolls around. After months of loving care, your beautiful fruits and vegetables are ready to be enjoyed.
Last year, I started growing courgettes for the first time.  It really is so easy, and the best part is that you don't need a big garden at all. A large flower pot will do just fine.  I've tried growing them from seeds, but for some reason I seem to have better results when I buy young plants at my local garden center.
I plant them around early April and by the middle of July, the first courgettes are ready to be harvested.
We had our first garden-fresh courgette yesterday.  It looked so beautiful that I almost felt guilty cutting it off the plant.  So what did I do with it?  I made an omelette!
I've always thought courgettes and eggs make a perfect combination, and because I had some beautiful red onions lying around, I decided to sweat them gently and throw them in as well. To kick up the flavor without masking the delicate taste of the courgette, I whisked in a little garlicky French cream cheese into the eggs.
The result was lovely- a creamy, golden omelette with sweet courgettes and lightlty caramelized onions.
Courgette and Red Onion Omelette
Serves 4

2 tbsps mild olive oil
1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 large courgette, thinly sliced
70g garlic-flavored French cream cheese
7 eggs
3 tbsps milk
sea salt and freshly-ground pepper, to taste

Heat one tbsp of the oil in a frying pan.  Add the onions and gently sweat them for about 10 minutes. Remove the onions and set aside.  Increase the heat just a little and add the other tbsp of oil to the pan.  Gently cook your courgettes for about 3-5 minutes, turning them over every now and then and making sure they cook evenly. Whsik the eggs with the cream cheese, the milk and some salt and pepper.  Pour the eggs over the courgettes and top with the onions.  Allow the omelette to cook on a medium heat for about 10 minutes.  Get your grill nice and hot, remove the pan from the stove and pop it under the grill for 3-5 minutes so that the omelette cooks on top and browns nicely.  Serve with rice, steamed vegetables or just a simple green salad and some French bread.

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