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spring hill ranch's stuffed calabacita

Recipe by
Wiley P
Sierra Vista, AZ

Calabacita is a Mexican squash similar to the zucchini. I like using them in stir-frys and salads and even just roasted and buttered. Here at the ranch, though, our favorite way to have them is stuffed! Of course you can use this recipe with zucchini or even yellow summer squash. Whichever you choose, you'll find these a welcome side dish or even a wonderfully light main course.

yield 4 as a main course; 6-12 as a side dish
prep time 30 Min
cook time 35 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For spring hill ranch's stuffed calabacita

  • meat options:
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped fine; or
  • 12 ounces bulk bratwurst; or
  • 12 ounces bulk italian sausage, hot or mild
  • 6 md
    calabacitas (or zucchini or yellow summer squash)
  • 2 Tbsp
    sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp
    curry powder
  • 2 md
    roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 c
    freshly fine-grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • 1 Tbsp
    salted butter
  • 1 lg
    yellow or white onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp
    freshly coarse ground black pepper

How To Make spring hill ranch's stuffed calabacita

  • 1
    Adjust an oven rack to the center position and preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly grease a 9"x13" baking dish.
  • 2
    Fry and drain the meat. Set it aside.
  • 3
    Wash the calabacitas and pat them dry. Leaving the stem ends on, slice them in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller or small scoop, remove most of the innards, leaving 1/8-1/4" of it in place. Set the skins aside.
  • 4
    Chop the scooped-out calabacita innards into a 1/4" chop and place it in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the sour cream, Italian seasoning, curry powder, diced tomato and parmesan cheese. Set the bowl aside.
  • 5
    In a medium skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter. When the sizzling stops, sauté the onion until it is soft and translucent. Stir in the salt Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chopped calabacita mixture and drained meat. Divide the mixture into the calabacita halves, placing them into your prepared baking dish. Top them with and coarse ground pepper.
  • 6
    Bake the calabacitas uncovered until the tops have begun to brown, 30-35 minutes. It's okay of you want to add some additional parmesan cheese before serving.