Drop Dead Delicious Stuffed Zucchini

Recipe by canarygirl
READY IN: 55mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 4
    medium zucchini
  • 1
    medium onion, minced
  • 1
    (7 ounce) can roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 12
    green pepper, chopped
  • 1
    egg, beaten
  • 2
    thyme, sprigs
  • 14 - 12
    teaspoon oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 34
    lb ground beef (or chicken, turkey, fish, 1 can of tuna, or other veggies...you get the idea)
  • 2
    tablespoons olive oil
  • 8
    slices cheese (any kind really, we use Gouda or Gruyere, though this really is a matter of personal preference)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Wash zucchini, and put in a pot of cold water (do not remove ends).
  • Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10-15 minutes, maybe a little longer depending on the size of your zucchini.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a fairly large skillet.
  • Saute garlic first, then add onions, green pepper, thyme, and oregano.
  • When the veggies begin to soften, add ground meat (or whatever you are using), season with salt and pepper, and brown until cooked through.
  • Drain off any excess grease.
  • Set aside to cool slightly.
  • When the zucchini have cooked through, remove from water, and allow to cool enough to handle.
  • Slice cooled zucchini lengthwise, and scoop out center, leaving a little veggie flesh to form a"boat.
  • "Mix ground meat mixture with the red peppers, and the scooped out zucchini (chopped), and the egg.
  • Fill the zucchini boats with the mixture, and top each with a slice of cheese.
  • Bake in a 375ºF oven for 20-30 minutes, until heated through, and cheese begins to bubble and brown.
  • Serve hot.
  • Note: If making this dish with tuna or fish, I like to add a little mayo or garlic mayo, and substitute the raw egg for a hard boiled and chopped one.
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