Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Oh, No! Zucchini!

The kids call them caveman clubs. The farmer calls them overgrown. I call them something fun to experiment with for recipes. Last summer I invented a really great dessert that used zucchini in the place of pineapple. It was called Pineappleless Pudding Cake. I also gave you a favorite recipe for a zucchini side dish or appetizer.

I recently used a huge zucchini for a main dish by stuffing it with meat and vegetables. Here's how:

Use the BIG zucchini. Wash them off and cut them in half
lengthwise. Place cut side down in a pan with about an inch
of water. Bake in a 350 oven for 30-40 minutes. They should be just beginning to get 
tender when you press down on the skin side, but not soft or mushy.
Remove from water and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
Scoop out the seed section of the zucchini, leaving you with something
that resembles a boat. Aay, Captain! There might be pirates!

I cooked up two pounds of ground beef (to make 3 large stuffed zucchini).
Remember, I feed family and workers.
Saute a couple of chopped onions.
Add the pepper strips and saute for just a few minutes.
Add some fresh garlic(minced) and stir for a moment before taking off the heat.

Do not invite draft horse into the kitchen!
Oops! This is the part where I tell you to add
some thyme,a small touch of chili powder, a 
teaspoon of sugar and one or more teaspoons of salt.
The draft horse is because the matching photo is blurred!
Oh, no! What were you thinking!
"What's thyme anyway?" asks Ricky.
See, you don't invite draft horses to cook. They don't even 
know herbs and spices!

You can saute some mushrooms too. 

Stir together the onions, peppers, mushrooms, ground beef , and 1 beaten egg.
Add a can of drained tomatoes and  two tablespoons of 
tomato paste. You can also add about a cup of cooked rice(brown or white),
or rolled oats, or bread crumbs if you'd like something heartier. They do not need  the
starchy things if you are watching carbs!

Spoon the fillings into the zucchini. One in the picture was made
without any tomato. 

Bake them for about 45 minutes. Take them out and slap enough
cheese on to shock a cow.

"I got your 'shock a cow'. I think the cheese isn't the
only thing that should be slapped! Humans!"
Thanks for sharing with us, Blossom!

This is a really easy recipe and you can experiment with
different things in the filling, different spices, and whatever
cheeses you enjoy. Let me know if you come up with a good variation.


  1. love the livestock interjections! :)

  2. This looks heavenly. I have tons of squash of every flavor. I will certinaly try this. Thanks.

  3. ...and zucchini lasagna, and zucchini bread, and zucchini casserole, and....OMG I LOVE me some zucchini!

  4. Excellent use for zucchini! It really looks delicious!

  5. Looks delish! I make a pretty good Lasagana like dish with zuchinni...my brain is tired right now and I can't even think of what it is!! Hope you can stop by for a visit and say hi too. :)

  6. Wow, that looks delicious!! I'm going to have to try that one!! :)


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