Costa Rican Zapallitos Rellenos (Stuffed Zucchini)

"I had these several times in Costa Rica and loved them. Great do ahead recipe"
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  • Boil the zucchinis until tender, apprx 8-10 minutes.
  • let cool, cut in half lengthwise.
  • Scoop out the insides and place in a strainer, Force as much liquid out as possible.
  • Combine the squash paste, egg, grated cheese,& milk, mix well.
  • Fill the zucchini shells.
  • Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese (get them ready up to this point and then just pop them in the oven 15 minutes before serving).
  • Heat in 350F oven for apprx 10-15 minutes or until the parmesan is browned and they are heated through.

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  1. Miss Annie
    Bergy, this is a very tasty recipe. Nice, mild flavors for a light supper. I made it just as you posted. I believe that a pepper jack cheese might be nice too. This is an easy recipe and nice for all that summer squash. Thanks for posting.


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