Courgette, Tomato and Brie Gratin

Second night using a recipe from a recipe book. Better run already than GBBO Challenge? This is from A Girl Called Jack which is an amazing recipe book for low budget and cupboard cooking. I used a modified Chilli recipe earlier in the day to finish off the red wine and roasted garlic lentil leftovers (written up at the end of that post).


Courgette, Tomato and Brie Gratin

  • Servings: 4
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  • 1 onion (used 4 small ones)
  • 150g rice (used about 200g – washed)
  • 1 vegetable stock cube dissolved in 200ml boiling water (used about 300ml because of increased rice quantity)
  • 1 x 400g carton or tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 courgette
  • 50g Brie cheese (used about 150g)
  • a drizzle of oil, plus extra to grease the ovenproof dishes
  • salt/pepper
  • a few sprigs of fresh basil/a few springs of fresh parsley – didn’t do this
  • parmesan or some sort of hard cheese – didn’t do this, but would suggest/do next time


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Boil water and prepare stock cube with about 300ml boiling water. Keep boiling water in kettle for step 3 if required. 
  2. Peel & dice the onion and put into a sauté pan or frying pan along with the 200g washed rice.
  3. Pour in the stock a little at a time on a low heat, stirring frequently until each addition is absorbed and then adding the next. You may need to add more or less liquid until the rice is just cooked – boiling water will be fine if you run out of stock.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes when rice is just cooked. Stir through. Remove the pan from the heat.
  5. Finely slice the courgette lengthways into approximately 1mm slices and niece the Brie into small pieces.
  6. Spoon the rice-and-tomato-and-onion mixture into two small greased ovenproof dishes (used one medium sized square). Scatter the Brie on top. Lay the courgette slices over the cheese so they overlap. Brush or drizzle with a little oil.
  7. Cook in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until lightly toasted on top (didn’t wait this long). Next time would do this and then for the last 5 minutes add some parmesan/hard cheese on top.
  8. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly, then serve.