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1 Stuffed Zucchini on Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:57 am


Use medium-sized zucchini. You can prepare zucchini for baking up to 1 day ahead. Keep covered and refrigerated.

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 ounces lean smoked ham, minced
1 cup fresh breadcrumb
1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
1 large egg (beaten)
8 medium zucchini, horizontal top cut off
8 slices of crisp bacon (crumbled)

Heat 1 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Saute until onion is soft and golden, about 9 minutes. Transfer onion mixture to medium bowl. Stir ham, breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup cheese, and parsley into onion mixture. Season stuffing to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in egg.

Brush 13x9x2" glass baking dish with oil. Using melon baller or teaspoon, scoop pulp from zucchini, leaving 1/4" thick shell. Fill zucchini shells with stuffing; arrange in dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven uncovered 40 minutes. Increase heat to 400 degrees. Bake until tender and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes longer
top each zucchini with crumbled bacon

thix is so good

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