STUFFED ZUCCHINI "BOATS"

Susan Din

By
@spatdi

I save this recipe for those garden zucchini that don't get discovered until they are mammoth! I found a 3 1/4 lb monster last week, so this was Sunday dinner!
Feel free to use normal sized zucchini, you may need to cut the recipe in half.


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Serves:

8-10

Prep:

40 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

4-5 large
zucchini squash 8-11" length or 1 mammoth sized
16-20 oz
turkey italian sausage
8 oz
mushrooms
1/2 large
onion (1c)
2-3 large
garlic cloves
1/2 c
fresh parsley, chopped
1 large
red bell pepper-roasted
1/2-1 tsp
crushed red pepper (optional if you like it spicy)
1 c
dry bread crumbs italian seasoned divided into 3/4c and 1/4c
1/2 c
parmesan cheese divided into (2) 1/4c portions
2 large
eggs, beaten
1 tsp
black pepper, fresh ground if possible

Directions Step-By-Step

1
PREPARE ZUCCHINI BOAT:
Cut zucchini in half lengthwise.
*If you are using a LARGE (over 12") you should scoop out the center seedy part and discard it.
Scoop out the zucchini flesh with a spoon leaving a 1/4" boat shell.
Reserve the flesh for the stuffing.
2
PREPARE THE VEG:
chop: zucchini flesh
roasted red pepper
onion
mushrooms
parsley
Mince: garlic
3
PREPARE STUFFING:
Remove Italian Turkey Sausage from casings and brown in a dutch oven over med high heat.
Add the onion and garlic once the sausage gets cooking.
When the sausage is cooked add the crushed red pepper if using, the mushrooms, zucchini flesh, and roasted pepper. Continue cooking for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and black pepper.
Place in a strainer or collander.
Drain well.
Place stuffing back in pot and allow to cool 10-15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 at this time.
4
Stir beaten eggs into the stuffing mixture, then sprinkle on bread crumbs and parmesan, and stir to combine.
5
FILL AND TOP YOUR BOATS:
Place boats on a baking sheet, and fill with the stuffing mixture, rounding the tops if there is sufficient filling.

Mix remaining 1/4c breadcrumbs with 1/4c parmesan and 2TB olive oil.
Sprinkle evenly over the stuffing.

Bake @ 350 for 30-40 minutes until tops are golden and zucchini boat is tender when pierced with the tip of a knife.

Allow to stand for 10 minutes before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Turkey, Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids