Monday, July 24, 2017

Tippecanoe, Can You? Zucchini Boats

The strange thing about growing zucchinis is that one day there aren't any and the next day, the zucchinis are HUGE!

So what do you do with a huge zucchini?


I decided to try a new recipe this afternoon and it was surprisingly delicious!

2 medium zucchini (about 8 inches)
3/4 pound ground beef
pulp from zucchini, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
2 tbsp ketchup
salt and peper to taste

I tweaked the recipe a little bit as it called for 2 medium zucchinis and I had only 1 mammoth one.  I also doubled the recipe.  Instead of ketchup, I used tomatoes from the garden.  I also added some garlic powder to taste (I thought it was a bit bland without it.)

Trim the ends off zucchini. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, scoop out pulp, leaving 1/2" shells. Finely chop pulp.

I accidentally cut through one half and hoped to keep it together with a strip of foil.

In skillet cook beef, zucchini pulp, onion, mushrooms and peppers over medium heat until meat is not longer pink. Drain.  Remove from the heat.  Add 1/2 c cheese, ketchup, salt and pepper; mix well.

Spoon into the zucchini shells. Place in a greased 13x9 in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until zucchini is tender.

My husband really liked the zucchini boats too. Next time, I think I'll add a small can of tomato sauce to make the meat a bit moister.

We shared one zucchini boat between us. Delicious!


I cut the leftover one in half to fit it on a dinner plate, wrapped it with plastic wrap, and popped it in the refrigerator.  All set for lunch tomorrow!

12 comments:

  1. Hi Gina!

    Thank you for the recipe...as you know, I am the happy recipient of some wonderful zucchini! The zucchini boats sound like a delishous summertime meal. You could even add rice to make it a little more hearty for fall. I can't wait to try it!

    Hugs and love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, rice would be a great idea! We are trying to watch our carbs but if we want to be "bad" one day, I'll add the rice! ♥

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  2. Your Zucchini Boats look delicious, Gina. Thank you for the recipe. I am going to have to try this recipe.

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    1. Kim, I hope you like them. I love that they are chalk full of vegetables!

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  3. Those are so pretty Gina. I might even eat one of them and I am not a zucchini fan, unless it is in zucchini bread.

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    1. Arlene, ooooh I like zucchini bread! Have you ever made chocolate zucchini bread?

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  4. I've made zucchini boats when my late beloved used to bring lots home from his friend's garden that he helped with. Yours looks so good, Gina, and such a yummy way to use that bounty! Hope you have a happy week!

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    1. Kitty, thank you. I have another smaller zucchini that I think I will mix with peppers and onions and olive oil/seasoning and roast them until tender. Yum!

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  5. That looks so yummy! what time is lunch? I remember growing these and making lots of zucchini bread! heehee! Hugs!

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    1. I'd be happy to make some for you when ever you visit, Diane! {{HUGS}}

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  6. Oh that sounds interesting, that is something we don't eat a lot of so I have never grown them in my garden before.

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    1. Connie, we only planted one zucchini plant and it has produced so many. (I'm glad we only have one plant!)

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