This is boredom food. I wasn’t even really hungry, having had a big lunch and a snack at the pub on the way home. But I looked in the fridge and noticed a yellow courgette (zucchini!) left over from the Courgette and Lemon Spaghetti, I did for T&T, and a bowl of spicy cod and prawn mousse left over from the trilogy of seafood I prepared for the Royal Foodie Joust last month*. I had a couple of friends coming to share a few glasses of wine, so decided to cook up something random, just for something to do!
I sliced the courgette into thickish slices, and brushed each one with olive oil. Then I griddled them until just cooked – but still very al dente – no soggy courgette allowed please people! Whilst the first side was cooking, I ground some red chilli flakes and sprinkled some sea salt on the other side.
Meanwhile I shaped spoonfuls of the cod mixture into balls, dipped each one into beaten egg, before coating with panko. I deep-fried them for 5/6 minutes each in moderately hot oil. It took me a couple of goes to get the oil heat/time ratio – the first one was raw in the middle still. Next time I would probably make them a bit smaller and cook them for slightly less time.
Drain on paper towel.
Right, so take one of the cooked courgette slices and spread with some sambal. I used sambal brandal – but be warned it is pretty hot! I like it that way – but if you would prefer it less burny (bah), you could try some chili jam or even sweet chilli sauce here.
Place the spicy cod ball on top – and it’s ready to go!
* No, it hadn’t been in my fridge for a month – this is just a tardy post 😛