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Thursday 1 September 2011

Sluttishly Vegetarian: Courgette Fries

Before the very wonderful Byron Hamburgers started to take over London (a good thing, trust me), I knew nothing of courgette fries. Now I spent way too much time thinking about eating them. Courgette fries from Byron are like crack. Tasty, tasty deep-fried crack. I don't eat chips with my burger when I go.

Courgette fries are better.

Last week, my craving hit and Byron haven't opened near Sluttery HQ yet so I decided to try and make them myself. The problem with this is two-fold. Deep-frying is a bit scary and gross (my favourite dress now smells vile) and courgettes are watery things and I was pretty sure that I would turn them into mush. Byron chefs clearly use magic and witchcraft to prevent this. Still, I was assured this recipe would work. And it did! I'm not usually a fan of polenta, but it makes the courgettes all crispy and perfect (after a few tries anyway). Be careful - they cook quicker than you'd expect and even one courgette goes a long way. They're well worth making yourself, just open all of your windows before you start frying.

For enough fries for two people, you'll need:
  • Sunflower oil
  • 1 large courgette
  • 150ml buttermilk
  • Small bowl of polenta
Make it!
  • Add enough sunflower oil to your pan for deep-frying (don't use olive oil, it won't get hot enough, you'll have a veggie polenta mush if you try) and heat.
  • While the oil is warming, slice your courgettes - I made rounds, but you could make chips.
  • When your oil is hot enough, dip your courgettes into the buttermilk and coat in polenta. Carefully pop in your pan and fry for a minute (about half the time you think it'll take). Fry in small batches and transfer to kitchen towel to soak up excess oil.
  • Eat them all and then plan to do it all again with that other courgette you bought because you didn't believe me when I said that one was enough. Then pass out on the sofa.


  1. They sound fantastic, think I may have to try them! I love the vegetarian posts you girls do! Amazing :)

  2. I had gherkin fries during my last trip to NYC. Sounds horrid, but completely addictive. These look great!

  3. I so have to try making these. I have tried to buy buttermilk, to no avail :(

  4. Venka: apparently you just add a tablespoon of vinegar to a cup of milk to make buttermilk:

    Who knew it was so simple?

  5. I have a problem with polent! What I 've got in sore is something like a brick in foil (like a haloumi cheese) I smashed it but is still to tick and wet to use it for coating!
    Can you please advise me?! PLEASE!!! My craving is bigger that I can describe!

    1. It should be the ground stuff that comes in a packet, Kesse! Like this:

  6. sometimes i press my nose against the glass when i walk past byron just to see the courgette fries... i'm going to try this recipe out tonight :) x

    1. Heh, we retweeted that to the lovely Byron folk! They're very happy with you, Holly! (We do the same.)


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