Courgette you can with Gratin

This simple gratin makes a great side dish for well anything really.

It’s creamy and full of summer flavour without being too rich. Serve with a big salad for a light supper. Or as a side dish with grilled chicken or BBQ fish. Preparation time is less than 30 mins with cooking at 30 mins to 1 hour, depending how crunchy you like it. Serves 4. I sometimes amend this to suit other dishes such as adding  more thyme or sage when partnering with chicken or paprika and chunks of chorizo with Spanish style menus.  Perfect for vegetarians.

Courgette Gratin


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 800g/1lb 12oz courgettes, sliced into 5mm/¼in rounds
  • few sprigs thyme
  • few basil leaves
  • 100ml/3½fl oz crème fraîche
  • 50ml/2fl oz milk
  • 1 tsp plain flour
  • 75g/2½oz gruyère or similar cheese, grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper