Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr
Whipped these up today to have for supper tonight! I looked for a recipe like this here and couldn't find one, so I made one. A nice way to mix up the zucchini bounty we all get in the summer. Presents well. Hope you enjoy!
- 4 large zucchini (about 9-inch long)
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1⁄2 onion (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
- 8 mushrooms (halved and sliced)
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- 1 (680 ml) can tomato sauce
- 1 medium egg (beaten)
- 1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
- 1⁄2 orzo pasta (cooked and drained)
- 1 large tomatoes (diced and drained of excess juice)
- 1⁄2 medium onion (diced)
- 1⁄3 medium zucchini (coarsely diced all with green skin on)
- 2 teaspoons canola oil or 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 2 -3 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 1⁄2-2 cups mozzarella cheese (grated)
- Combine tomato, onion, zucchini, oil and basil. Set aside.
- Meat filling:
- Trim ends of zucchini and slice lengthwise.
- Scoop out flesh leaving 1/2" walls to resemble a "boat".
- In a large deep pan steam zucchini cut side down for about 5 minute (I had to turn mine half way through to cook both ends) Set aside.
- In a deep dish skillet brown meat and drain.
- Add onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and mushrooms. Sauté with meat until onion is soft and clear.
- Add tomato sauce, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes uncovered.
- When 5 minutes remain stir in cooked orzo. Finish simmering.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Quickly stir in egg.
- Add bread crumbs and stir well.
- Pat zucchini dry and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
- Prepare a BBQ bake sheet (I used an old cookie sheet) with foil making the foil hang about 1 1/2-2" to make "walls" on your pan.
- Pre-heat grill to medium heat.
- Spoon meat mixture into zucchini boats evenly pushing gently along the center to make a slight "well" in the mixture.
- Evenly spoon bruschetta mix into wells.
- Sprinkle all with cheese.
- Place pan on BBQ and close lid.
- Let cook without lifting lid for 20 minutes.
- Turn pan 180 degrees.
- Let cook an addition 10-15 minutes (lid down) or until meat mix is bubbling and cheese is melted and starting to brown.