Italian Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini season is here!  I’ve heard it said that in August you don’t leave the windows down in your car because someone will leave you zucchini.  There are so many ways to enjoy zucchini, but one of my favorites is stuffing it.

 

With all the zucchini coming on right now (and that which is yet to come), the common question is how many ways can you eat zucchini?  That is truly the question of the century!

Isn’t it amazing how you can pick zucchini one day and go out the next and you’ve missed one.  To add to the amazement, it’s huge and perhaps even log sized and you wonder how you missed it! Sometime the larger ones can have lots of seeds and aren’t necessarily as tender as the smaller.

So what to do with those!

One of my favorite ways of preparing the larger zucchini is to hollow them out and stuff them.  What they can be stuffed with is only limited by your imagination.  This particular day, I was craving Italian so decided to use those flavors.

Step 1 –

Cut in half lengthwise and hollow out.

One of these is hollowed and one is not, so that you can see the difference and about how deep I hollow them.

Step 2 – Make the stuffing

Since Italian was the theme of the night, I just made a very thick, chunky, meaty marinara sauce.  I used ground beef (but you could use sausage or meat of choice), mushrooms, onions, garlic and diced tomatoes.

Step 3 – Stuff your zucchini

Pretty self-explanatory here.  When doing in the oven, I like to line my pan with foil for easy clean-up.  Today I was planning on putting it on the grill so still used foil so that I could “tent” it.

I added Parmesan cheese  … well, just because I could!

Step 4 – Tent your zucchini

Step – 5 – Bake or put on the grill.

If baking, I would recommend an over preheated to about 350 degrees.  Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until zucchini is thoroughly cooked.

I heated my grill to about the same temperature and put the foil wrapped zucchini directly onto the grate.  It took about the same amount of time (20-30 minutes).

So sorry that I didn’t get a picture of the finished masterpiece but we were starving and I didn’t think about it until I was already eating it.

 

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