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Courgettes Scapece

Courgettes Scapece

  • Author: Silvana
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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  • 4 medium courgettes, sliced thinly
  • 60 ml red wine vinegar
  • 60 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • A small bunch of fresh mint leaves, chopped


  1. Sprinkle the courgette slices with salt and let them rest for about 30 minutes. Then, rinse them well and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the white wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic, and chopped mint leaves.
  3. In a large skillet, heat up enough olive oil to shallow-fry the courgette slices. Once the oil is hot, add the courgettes and fry them until they are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Transfer the fried courgettes to a plate lined with paper towels to remove excess oil. Let them cool for a few minutes.
  5. Once the courgettes have cooled down, place them in the bowl with the marinade. Toss everything together.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. The longer the courgettes sit in the marinade, the better they will taste.
  7. Serve the courgettes scapece cold as a side dish or antipasto. Enjoy!


For frying the courgettes, use a vegetable oil with a high fuming point, like sunflower oil. This will ensure that your courgettes come out crispy and delicious. Avoid using olive oil, as it has a low fuming point that makes it unsuitable for frying.

Two cloves of garlic are the perfect amount to add flavour without overpowering the dish. 

Be sure to use fresh mint for the best results.

Try using different kinds of vinegar to see which one you like best. Red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, and Modena Balsamic vinegar are all great options. 

After frying, let the courgettes marinate in the vinegar mixture for at least 2 hours, or even better, overnight, for maximum flavour. 

Courgettes Scapece is best served at room temperature, so make sure to let it sit out for a bit before serving. 

Take your Courgettes Scapece to the next level by using it as a topping for bruschetta. Dice a mozzarella and stir it in with the courgettes before adding it to your bruschetta for an absolute delight!

The vinegar and mint marinade used in Courgettes Scapece works well with other vegetables too, like aubergines, bell peppers, cauliflowers, or green beans.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Rest Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Vegetables
  • Method: pan fried
  • Cuisine: Italian
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