Jenny’s Moroccan Pilaf in Marrow Rings

My Australian godmother Jenny can make a feast out of the most humble ingredients so when faced with a glut of marrows (or giant courgettes) she stuffs them with pilaf, as you do!

How to Prepare the Marrow

Select 2 large courgettes/marrow, trim off ends and peel in stripes.

hollow marrow

Cut rings about 1 inch thick and remove central pith and seeds.

marrow in pot

Cover rings with cold water and bring to the boil for 3 – 4 minutes. Strain off hot water and refresh with cold water.

Place of spoonfuls of Moroccan Pilaf (see recipe below) in prepared rings, filling each one to the top.

marrow with tomato

Spoon one tin of chopped tomatoes over each tray to moisten and surround the stuffed rings.

Scatter with browned pine nuts and bake in moderate oven 180 degrees Centigrade for 45 minutes.

Pilaf Ingredients (for stuffing for 8 people)

1.5 cups basmati rice
1.75 cups stock
.75 cup pine nuts
1 tbspn olive oil (or oil of choice)
2 medium brown onions
2 cloves garlic chopped
500 gms beef or lamb mince (meat optional – can be replaced by tinned chickpeas)
2 tbspns Moroccan Spice Mix or 1 tbspn curry powder, 1/2 tspn ground cinnamon, pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander

Pilaf Instructions

1. Simmer the rice all but 1/4 cup of stock, tightly covered until tender. Set aside

2. Lightly brown pine nuts in large frying pan over medium/high heat. Remove and set aside

3. Add to pan 1 tbspn oil & cook onion, stirring until soft.

4. Add garlic and cook about 1 more minute.

5. Increase heat to high, add mince and cook, breaking up any lumps with wooden spoon until browned.

6. Reduce heat to medium/low and add 2 level tbspns of a spice blend eg M&S Moroccan Spices or your own mix of curry powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper

7. Add rice and the reserved stock to moisten and stir well until all flavours are combined

8. Season with salt and pepper – mixture should be firm but not wet or too dry

9. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and chopped coriander

How to Serve

Sprinkle marrow rings with chopped coriander and serve with potatoes and a simple green salad.

Enjoy!

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