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Courgettes with Ham

ingredients

serves 4.
1 1/2 lb (675 g) courgette (zucchini)s
1/2 stick (2 oz) 50 g butter
1 1/3 cup (100 g) mushrooms, sliced
4 - 6 oz (100 - 175g) lean ham, chopped

for the sauce

3 tbsp (1 1/2 oz) 40 g butter
1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz) 40 g plain flour (All purpose)
3/4 pt (450ml) milk
1 chicken bouillon cube (stock cube)
salt and pepper
3 oz (75g) Cheddar cheese, grated

method

1. Wash the courgettes and cut into 1/4 in. (0.6cm) slices.

2. Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the courgettes for 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

3. Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 5 minutes, by which time the courgettes will have turned pale golden brown. Lift them out with a slotted spoon and arrange in a shallow heatproof dish. Cover with the chopped ham.

4. Meanwhile make the sauce:

5. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.

6. Add the milk and bring to the boil, stirring until the sauce has thickened.

7. Add the crumbled bouillon cube and stir until well blended. Taste and check seasoning.

8. Heat the grill to hot.

9. Spoon the sauce over the courgettes, sprinkle with the grated cheese and cook under the grill for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and bubbling.

Serve immediately.

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