Clafoutis aux Courgettes a Savoury Vegetarian Casserole
The following recipe for a clafoutis aux courgettes (zucchini casserole), turns a traditional Provencal dessert into a savoury dish that is suitable for vegetarians. You can experiment with the fillings, depending on what is available, or in Jackie’s case growing in your garden.
“While flicking through a feature on clafoutis in a French cookery magazine recently, I was intrigued to find several recipes for savoury clafoutis amongst the more familiar cherry, apricot and plum versions. Reading on I was keen to find out how a savoury clafoutis differs from the provençal tian, a traditional, vegetable gratin dish with five key elements – rice, cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs and vegetables.
One of the things I love about a tian is its frittata-like texture which makes it light yet satisfying with the inclusion of the rice.” Read more about this gluten-free, vegetarian dish here.
Note: You can serve this zucchini casserole for lunch, a light dinner or as a side dish.
A cherry clafoutis (clafoutis aux cerises) is a classic dessert that you are bound to see on menus and dinner tables in Provence during the cherry season. However, there are plenty of sweet variations with other fruit.
Paula makes her’s with muscat grapes (recipe here).
Jane adds ground almonds to her clafoutis recipe to add some texture.