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cheesy bacon zucchini boats

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Traci Coleman
Vancouver, WA

Just trying something new with my lovely zukes from the garden. A girl can only make so much bread!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

These zucchini boats are a creative way to serve summertime's favorite vegetable. The bacon bread crumb crunch gives the zucchini a nice flavor and texture. They have a nice cheesy buttery flavor. Super hearty, they're a nice summertime dinner.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cheesy bacon zucchini boats

  • 3
    medium zucchini
  • 3-4
    slices of bacon
  • 1
    medium onion, diced
  • 2/3 c
    Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 clove
    garlic, minced
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c
    mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 c
    butter, melted
  • 6 tsp
    fine bread crumbs

How To Make cheesy bacon zucchini boats

  • Diced bacon on a cutting board.
    Preheat oven to 375. Dice bacon.
  • Browning the bacon.
    Brown in skillet.
  • Bacon draining on a paper towel.
    Remove bacon and drain on paper towel. Reserve grease.
  • Zucchini cut lengthwise.
    Cut zucchini in half lengthwise.
  • Cooking zucchini in the microwave.
    Heat on a microwave-safe plate, cut side down, for about 3-4 minutes to soften.
  • Scooping out the middle of the zucchini.
    Using a kitchen towel to protect your hands, remove zucchini pulp using a spoon.
  • Sauteeing onions in reserved grease.
    In reserved grease, slightly saute onions until soft and translucent.
  • Cooking zucchini pulp and garlic with onions.
    Add pulp, and garlic to onions and cook a few more minutes.
  • Stirring in Parmesan cheese, bacon, and ground pepper;
    Stir in Parmesan cheese, bacon, and ground pepper; remove from heat.
  • Zucchini in a baking dish with mozzarella cheese on top.
    Place zucchini in the pan. Cover the bottom of each with a small amount of mozzarella.
  • Hot filling added to the zucchini.
    Fill shells with the hot filling.
  • Stirring together bread crumbs and melted butter.
    Melt butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Add bread crumbs.
  • Bread crumbs sprinkled over the zucchini.
    Top each zucchini with about 1 tsp of crumbs.
  • Zucchini baked until golden brown.
    Bake for about 35-45 minutes until zucchini are tender, the filling is bubbly, and bread crumbs are browned.