Squashin’ It: Zucchini Boats

As promised, here is the photo-heavy walk through of how to make your very own stuffed zucchini boat, or stuffed zucchini. I find the maritime reference appeals to the spam pirates that follow my every post.

Typically I prefer my food delivery vessel to be a tortilla or carb, but I received a 5-pound zucchini from a co-worker. I heard rumors that he gave a wandering boy some seeds for bean stalks. I’ve never been a huge fan of the green veggie that aspires to be a cucumber. The best uses I’ve found are ones that mask or overpower the non-flavor. This recipe combines spicy sausage and fresh vegetables to create a fresh dish high in nutrients (A, B-6, C, fiber)  and relatively low in fat.

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First, I cut the mammoth zucchini in half lengthwise and used an ice cream scoop to hull out the seeds. I transferred these to a bowl. I rubbed the half zuke with olive oil and sprinkled salt. Then I put it on the grill for about 10 mins.

The Innards

  • 1/2 pound hot Italian sausage
  • 4-5 baby bella or button mushrooms
  • 1/2 green pepper, medium dice
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 mozzerella cheese sticks, sliced
  • 2T Parmesan cheese
  • 4-6 fresh basil leaves
  • 1T Fresh oregano

Brown the sausage, breaking it up into smaller pieces. Cook on low-medium heat for 10 minutes.

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Add in your chopped veggies, including the zucchini guts. Saute these for 7-10 minutes. You’re looking for everything to soften. The mushrooms and zucchini will release some water/juices. I added the bread crumbs to absorb this liquid and help bind the innards together.

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Once the sausage is no longer pink, cut the heat and dump into a bowl, adding tomatoes and cheese.

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Next, carefully transfer all the mixture to the hulled out canoe.

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The zucchini still needs to cook at this point and you want all the cheese to melt. So I wrapped the vessel in foil and returned it to the grill. You could also do this in the oven–350 degrees for 10-15 mins.

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Then take more pictures. Slap on some text and send to your starving friends.

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