My mother-in-law is famous for her stuffed zucchini, and now I have the pleasure to share the recipe with all of you.
- 4 medium zucchini
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 1 (7 ounce) can roasted red peppers, chopped
- 1⁄2 green pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 thyme, sprigs
- 1⁄4-1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
- salt and pepper
- 3⁄4 lb ground beef (or chicken, turkey, fish, 1 can of tuna, or other veggies...you get the idea)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 slices cheese (any kind really, we use Gouda or Gruyere, though this really is a matter of personal preference)
- Wash zucchini, and put in a pot of cold water (do not remove ends).
- Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes, maybe a little longer depending on the size of your zucchini.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a fairly large skillet.
- Saute garlic first, then add onions, green pepper, thyme, and oregano.
- When the veggies begin to soften, add ground meat (or whatever you are using), season with salt and pepper, and brown until cooked through.
- Drain off any excess grease.
- Set aside to cool slightly.
- When the zucchini have cooked through, remove from water, and allow to cool enough to handle.
- Slice cooled zucchini lengthwise, and scoop out center, leaving a little veggie flesh to form a"boat.
- "Mix ground meat mixture with the red peppers, and the scooped out zucchini (chopped), and the egg.
- Fill the zucchini boats with the mixture, and top each with a slice of cheese.
- Bake in a 375ºF oven for 20-30 minutes, until heated through, and cheese begins to bubble and brown.
- Serve hot.
- Note: If making this dish with tuna or fish, I like to add a little mayo or garlic mayo, and substitute the raw egg for a hard boiled and chopped one.
I thought these were amazing! Delicious and impressive looking. I used ground beef and can't wait to try it with other meats as well. I used one small jar of chopped roasted peppers, drained,and thought it was the just right amount (about 1/2 cup). The flavors all blended very nicely. Be sure to add enough salt and pepper - I was pretty lighthanded with the seasonings and next time with be more generous, but that is no fault of the recipe. I will definitely make this one for guests if I know they are zucchini fans. Great recipe!
Absolutely wonderful!! This was so delicious...I made mine with ground beef mixed with ground pork, and used store-bought roasted peppers, and also, I used way more fresh garlic than called for, (about 1 heaping tablespoon!) and added about 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese to the hamberger/pork mixture for an extra kick!...otherwise made as directed. I baked hem tented with foil for about 35 minutes, uncovered them and put under the broiler for a couple of minutes. These were to die for, thanks so much Canary Girl for sharing such a wonderful recipe, I will make this again!...kittencal:)
I had some left-over roasted red peppers and I wanted to use them with zucchini. I found this recipe and used it as a basis for a very delicious side dish! I replaced the green pepper with mushrooms and omitted the meat. Since I was in a bit of a hurry and the "stuffing" was still very hot, I thought the egg would scramble if I added it, so I left that out too. I kept the seasonings the same and they were delicious. Once I got the "hang" of getting the zucchini flesh out, while leaving the skin intact, things were great. I put the stuffing back into the zucchini boats and gave a liberal sprinkling of parmesan cheese. 15 minutes in the oven and then a couple more under the broiler and they were absolutely delicious. They looked wonderful too! Thank you, canarygirl, for a very versatile recipe!