"Kolokithia Varkoules" Cheese Zucchini Boats
The picture and recipe is from a 15 yr old greek cooking magazine, advertizing olive oil! While translating I tweeked it a bit to make my own. Hope you try and enjoy as much as my family and I do.
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- 4 lb
- medium size zucchini
- 6-7 Tbsp
- olive oil
- medium size onions, finely chopped
- roasted red pepper, diced
- long green pepper,diced
- 2 c
- crumbled feta cheese
- 1/2 c
- kefalotyri cheese, grated (or any other hard & salty cheese)
- 1/2 c
- sun dried tomatoes, drained of oil and chopped
- 1 c
- finely chopped dill (leaves & stems)
- 1 c
- strained greek yogurt
- 1/2 c
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- a dash of mrs dash original (that's the only kind i have:)
1Wash and trim the stems off of the zucchini. Blanch zucchini whole in a large pot of salted boiling water, for 5 - 10 minutes until tender but not mushy. This will make it easier to hollow out the centers and cut down on cooking time.
2Slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise and scoop out the centers of the zucchini. Be careful not to puncture the skin. Try to leave about a 1/4 inch thickness of flesh to give the zucchini support. Chop the flesh and set aside to drain. Also set skins aside with scooped side facing down and let drain.
3In a large skillet or sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add diced peppers, the chopped zucchini flesh, season with salt and pepper and saute for 5 more minutes.
4Remove from heat and add both cheeses (Feta & Kefalotyri or other hard salty cheese), the sun dried tomatoes, dill and stir to combine.
5Fill the zucchini with the cooked mixture, pressing lightly to even the surface. Place them on a lightly greased (I use oil) sheet pan.
6Preheat at 375 degrees
In a bowl mix the yogurt, egg, salt & pepper and a dash of Mrs. Dash Original:) Carefully pour the yogurt mixture over the filled zucchini and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
7Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven until the zucchini is cooked through and breadcrumbs are lightly browned (about 20 minutes)
Ready to enjoy!