, Michael’s Baked Marrows with Tomato & Parmesan

Willow Creek Olives and Olive Oils are the product of the beautiful Nuy Valley the turnoff for which is on the national road between Worcester and Robertson.

The oils, of which there is a wide award winning selection, also come infused with various flavours such as garlic, jalapeno parmesan and more.

The beautiful Nuy Valley home of Willow Creek Olives

For this recipe, I have used the Willow Creek Garlic Infused Olive Oil as the dish is Mediterranean in style.

Michael’s Baked Marrows with Tomato & Parmesan

You’ll need
1 kg [3] large marrows
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Willow Creek Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
400g homemade tomato & onion sauce [you can use Ina Paarman’s Pasta Sauce]
100g finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano or Italian style hard cheese

What you’ll do
Preset the oven on 190C.  Cut the marrow in half lengthwise, in half lengthwise again and then cut each into four pieces.  Place in a colander and salt well.  Allow to draw liquid for 30 minutes, or an hour if you have time.  Wash under running water and pack into an oven proof dish in a single layer.  Season well and splash generously with the Willow Creek Garlic Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Cover with the tomato sauce and bake for 30 minutes or until the marrows are cooked.  Sprinkle with the grated cheese and return to the oven, put on the fan and watch carefully.  Allow the cheese to melt and the sauce to start bubbling.  Serve with a meat course or a part of a vegetarian meal.

Wine suggestion
Nearby Robertson is making some very exciting wines, from the sweeties through to the driest of whites, fine reds and award winning MCCs.

Esona, a boutique winery in the Robertson Valley produces a range of red and white wines of several vintages.

Esona Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014

The classical Shiraz aromas of plums, mulberries, Cassis and oak spice invite you in to taste this sappy fruity wine with a grind of white pepper.  So ready for drinking now, with the long gently waning aftertaste beautifully interwoven with soft tannins and a sweet fruit. Perfect food wine.

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