Stuffed Zucchini (Zapallitos Rellenos)
This recipe is from Uruguay. It is from wikia.com. It is posted for ZWT4.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 5mins
- 2 -3 medium zucchini (courgettes)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3⁄4 cup breadcrumbs, preferably fresh
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup breadcrumbs, preferable fresh
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Bake the zucchini in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 30 minutes, until soft but not mushy.
- Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over moderate heat and saute the onion until a golden brown.
- Combine the 3/4 C bread crumbs, milk, egg, cooked onion, salt, and pepper in a bowl, stirring to combine.
- Slice the zucchini in two lengthwise and scoop out the pulp.
- Chop the pulp coarsely and stir into the bread crumb mixture.
- Fill the zucchini shells with the mixture.
- For the topping, combine the 1/4 C bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle over the zucchini.
- Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven until the topping is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
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My husband is from Uruguay. We actually grow "Zapallitos" from Uruguay every summer using seeds from there. These Original Squash look similar to a winter butternut, but are a summer variety, similar in taste to our Zucchini's. <br/>The recipe is great as it is, although any stuffing recipe works well with squash and I often joke, I never make the same recipe twice, alway's adding or subtracting ingredients depending on what I have on hand at any given time.<br/>I usually, sauté onions, peppers and garlic, then add it to the browned beef and breadcrumb mixture. <br/>In Uruguay, we usually cut the squash in half, then blanch in boiling water for 3-5 minutes then in cold water, to scoop out the seeds easier. We then drain them a bit, and also add some of the small seeds and pulp in with the stuffing mixture.<br/> My husbands personal topping is a white sauce, that has been flavored with grated parmesan cheese and nutmeg. Then baked in the oven for about 30 minutes. I have posted a foto of my recipe using Uruguayan Zappallitos.Reply
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