Saturday, November 3, 2012

Cheesy Zucchini Boats

Here's a recipe for the cheese-lover in your home who may or may not be fond of zucchini (almost all of us have 'one of those' in the home). It's easy, impressive looking and tastes delicious.

Cheesy Zucchini Boats

Ingredients (for 4 servings)
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 bell pepper, red or green, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c chopped red onion
  • grated cheddar cheese (or your favorite)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 c salsa, commercial or home-made
  • 2 crusts of bread torn into crumbs (you may prefer croutons)
  • approx. 2 tsp canola oil
  1. Halve, clean out and scrape zucchinis, leaving approximately an inch all around
  2. Cut zucchini innards into cubes (after discarding seeds and stringy bits)
  3. Brown ground turkey in oil with onion and pepper until no pink remains. Mix in garlic and zucchini cubes and saute for approximately 2-3 extra minutes (until soft)
  4. Transfer mixture to bowl and add remaining ingredients, except cheese, folding together gently.
  5. Pile into zucchini shells, topping with grated cheese
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and zucchini tests 'soft' when poked with a fork.
  7. Cool 5 minutes to 'set' and then serve as a main or side dish.

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