Greek Stuffed Zucchini (Kolokithakia Yemista Avgolemono)

Recipe by evelynathens
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READY IN: 1hr 40mins
SERVES: 6-8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cut zucchini into 1/2s or 1/3s, cored on one end (the other end is left intact) and remove filing carefully with corer so that a not-too-thick wall of zucchini remains to contain the filling, keep 1/2 the zucchini flesh removed from the coring, minced (not the shells- but the actual part of the zucchini that was removed, the other half makes a lovely omelette with a bit of parmesan for another meal!).
  • You can prepare your zucchini from the previous day and keep, wrapped, in the refrigerator- this actually makes a lot less work on the day of preparation as it's the coring of the zucchini that takes up the most time.
  • Mix the meats, onion, garlic, rice, parsley and zucchini in a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff this mixture into the opening of the one end of each zucchini piece and make sure the filling goes all the way into the vegetable.
  • Level opening neatly so that no filling comes out.
  • Layer the filled zucchini pieces in a big pot and add enough boiling water to just cover.
  • Put in the stock cubes and the butter and cover.
  • Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour (knife tip should slip into a piece easily), and take off heat.
  • Carefully remove the zucchini pieces with a slotted spoon and place on a reheatable serving dish.
  • Strain the cooking liquid left in the pot to remove any pieces of zucchini or grains of rice that may be floating around.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the cornstarch and lemon juice (add the juice of 1 lemon at this point).
  • Slowly ladle in (literally the thinnest of streams) your hot cooking liquid, whisking the eggs all the while so they don't curdle.
  • Keep doing this till nearly all the cooking liquid has been used and then pour your egg mixture and any cooking liquid left back into the pot and heat on a low flame until the sauce has thickened.
  • Taste, if it needs more lemon, add up to 1/2 more.
  • This is what is called an'Avgolemono Sauce' (Egg-lemon Sauce)- it is delicious.
  • When ready to serve, put 2-3 piping hot pieces of the stuffed zucchini on each plate and nap with the sauce.
  • Serve with feta cheese on the side (you won't believe how good a nibble of feta tastes with each bite of this!), good, crusty bread (you want to get all the sauce), and wine.
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