Ham Stuffed Squash or Zucchini Boats

"I was served this when I was a guest at someone's house as a teen. At the time I would have told you I didn't like squash but I enjoyed these!"
Ham Stuffed Squash or Zucchini Boats created by Thorsten
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  • Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 3/8-inch shell.
  • Chop pulp and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, cook shells in boiling water for 4-5 minutes.
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In another saucepan, sauté onion in butter until tender; remove from the heat.
  • Add ham, bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, egg, paprika, pepper and squash pulp; mix well.
  • Spoon into shells.
  • Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 425°F for 12-15 minutes or until heated through.

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  1. Krista Roes
    I made this as written, using Zucchini. The stuffing was salty but good, but the Zucchini underneath tasted blah. I probably would have salted the Zucchini underneath and used a less salty ham (my own fault) in the mix. My husband liked it, and I'll make it again. Thanks.
  2. Chef Tweaker
    I enjoyed this recipe. Always great to find something to use up the surplus with. I made some substitutions due to taste or necessity. (hence no rating) I had yellow summer squash that was quite mature so the "pulp" were seeds and I discarded them. To make up for it I added 1/2 of a chopped zucchini with skin to the onion mixture and cooked them together. (I was afraid it wouldn't cook in time in the oven). I omitted the Parmesan and used mozzarella for the chedder cheese. I didn't measure the pepper probably just used a dash. I found it a little bland... maybe that was the choice of cheese. (or needed more pepper?) I may try adding some more spices next time.
  3. Ingy1171
    As a non-squash lover, I found this dish so amazing and flavorful! I changed the recipe just a bit due to what I had available. I began with olive oil in a pan and added 2 cloves of garlic (I also made this with just one zucchini). I added diced smoked turkey and the innards of the zucchini to the garlic. After I removed the pan from the heat I added cheddar cheese as the recipe states and also chopped fresh basil leaves. Along with adding Parmesan cheese to the top, I also mixed it into the "filler". The flavor in this was just incredible! Thank you so much for re-introducing me to summer squashes!
  4. Queenofcamping
    These were pretty good. Unfortunately my hubby or kids would not eat them. I had a couple and thought that they were good.
  5. lovemyfam
    VERY VERY VERY GOOD! I used one huge zucchini from my garden instead of 4 regular sized and scooped the pulp from that, real good flavor. Had two nights worth of dinner for my husband, son and I. (btw, my 2 year old son loved this meal!!) Thanks for sharing


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