Stuffed Zucchini Boat 2

Lon and I fell in love with Stuffed Zucchini when his Aunt Heather made some for us last summer. (Click here for pics.) Not knowing the recipe, Lon had to make his own when he had to have it one night. It’s so hard to get Lon to write down his recipes but he did leave me some chicken scratch to start from, which of course I could not read half of. Doing my best to interpret ingredients that looked like “2 T parade” (what?), I made yet another reincarnation of the recipe so that I could write out a recipe to share. I’ve made this at least three times now because it’s a perfect vegetarian side dish or party appetizer.

This recipe is easier to follow if you use the same size zucchini I used. Look for ones that are roughly 1 3/4″ to 2″ in diameter. You’ll need 10 segments that are 3″ long each, so you’ll get 2 segments out of one that’s roughly 6″ or three segments out of one that is roughly 9″. I hope that makes sense…It’s a pain because zucchini vary in size so much.

3 inch Zucchini stumps

Stuffed Zucchini Boats
~20 (3″) boats

  • 10 (3″) segments zucchini (roughly 1 3/4″ to 2″ diameter)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions -

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.

2. Cut all zucchini segments in half lengthwise.

3 inch Zucchini halves

3. Cut a thin strip off the curved side of each so that it has a flat surface to stand on. This prevents wobbling. Reserve the strip you cut off.

leveling zucchini boats 1leveling zucchini boats 2
leveling zucchini boats 3

4. Use a spoon to scoop out the middle of the zucchini.

hollowed out zucchini

5. For the flesh you just scooped out, cut off the parts that are seeded. No need to be precise, but you want the solid flesh on the left side of this picture, not the seeded stuff on the right side.

suzzhini pulp

6. Dice the solid zucchini flesh and the strip you cut off earlier into little cubes (no need to be precise). Toss it in a bowl with bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, paprika, and olive oil. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few pinches of pepper.

Stuffed Zucchini Filling

7. Arrange zucchini on the prepared baking sheet with scooped side up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fill with zucchini bread crumb filling. Pack it down gently.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats 3

6. Bake on the top shelf of the oven for 20 minutes. Turn your oven to broil and color just until golden, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Stuffed Zucchini Boat

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