Penny's Zucchini Timbales with Basil Vinaigrette

July 29, 2009
Penny's Zucchini Timbales with Basil Vinaigrette

Author Notes: In 2004 my husband and I spent several days at a lovely farmhouse called Auchnahyle in Pitlochry (Perthshire), Scotland which we had found through the Wolsey Lodges organization ( The owners, Penny and Alistair Howman, were wonderful hosts and superb cooks. Penny prepared this dish, which she called Courgette Moulds with Basil Vinaigrette, to accompany an incredibly delicious steak dinner. Penny very graciously gave me the recipe.Leslie_

Serves: 4-6


The zucchini molds

  • 1 pound small zucchini
  • 3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ounces white breadcrumbs
  • 1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 medium onion

Basil Vinaigrette

  • 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6-8 basil leaves, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
In This Recipe


The zucchini molds

  1. Wash the zucchini and peel one of them into long strips. Grate the remaining zucchinis and place in a colander with the zucchini strips.
  2. Soften the zucchini by pouring boiling water over them in the colander.
  3. Generously oil 4-6 timbale molds or oven proof custard cups. Line them with the strips of zucchini.
  4. Finely chop the onion and cook slowly in oil until it begins to soften.
  5. Add the grated zucchini and cook until tender. Let cool and then add the chopped basil leaves.
  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Mix cream cheese in a food processor and then process with the eggs, breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese and the zucchini/onion mixture with all the juices from the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Spoon the mixture into the timbale molds or custard cups and place in a roasting pan filled to a depth of 1 inch with boiling water. Cook 20 minutes.
  9. Cool for 5-10 minutes, unmold and serve with the warm basil vinaigrette.

Basil Vinaigrette

  1. Wisk all ingredients together. The vinaigrette is now ready to serve with the timbales.

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