Beignets de Courgettes ( Small Courgette Fritters)

Courgettes are abundant and there are many ways to prepare them.
There is also the courgette flowers fritters which are a delicacy in their own right. But the flowers are not easy to find, unless you are growing your own courgettes.
So, this time, I shall simply make Beignets de Courgettes.

This can be a starter, a main dish, served with a salad, or a vegetable dish.
I have even eaten these delicious fritters at breakfast in my favourite place in Corsica.

Simple to make but very tasty, you should be able to enjoy them at any time of the day. They are great on a picnic, they can be frozen and warmed up in the oven. Ideal for a packed lunch as well, they are so versatile you will want to make them in batches to have in reserve in your freezer.

Makes approximately 30 fritters

2 medium size courgettes, peeled and thinly sliced
A handful of basil leaves, rinsed and torn to be incorporated in the batter plus a few leaves kept intact for decoration.
200ml sunflower oil

For the batter:
1 large egg
120g Self Raising flour
100ml milk
1small glass beer
Salt and pepper

1. Heat up the oil in a non-stick frying pan or in a deep-fat fryer.

2. Dip each slice of courgette in the batter and fry . Turn once to ensure even cooking on both sides.

3. When the fritters are golden, remove them from the frying pan and place on kitchen paper to absorb excess fat.

4. Decorate with a few basil leaves.

Serve warm with a cool rosé wine.

Bon Appétit!


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