Stuffed zucchini - fresh zucchini from the garden filled with a stuffing of onion, tomato, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese.
Earlier this summer we had a lovely zucchini plant in our little garden. One zucchini plant. One zucchini plant that darn near took over that entire area of the garden. Even though it was huge, gigantic would be more like it, that darned plant just wasn't producing anything. It had to have been 6 feet across and three feet high. It had loads of blooms on it, but every day we'd find the blooms gone. Just snapped right off at the top of the stem. Hmmm... something wasn't quite right. And the yellow squash that was nearly buried under the zucchini was suffering the same fate.
Well, we finally figured it out. Here's what was happening to the squash.
You might not be able to see them in there very well, but those are two fawns and mama is behind the bushes in the back. Apparently, squash blooms are like nectar to deer. Ours were anyway. So, while everyone else was enjoying an overabundance of zucchini and squash, I was purchasing ours from the local grocery store. That's okay. Those little fawns are so sweet and cute and no one in the neighborhood would dare harm them. In fact, they rest under one of our trees several afternoons each week.
If you still have zucchini and need a good side dish for dinner, give this one a try. I made it up one evening while I had a pork tenderloin cooking and I think it turned out pretty good.
How to Make Stuffed Zucchini
Preheat the oven to 350.
Wash the zucchini well and cut it in half lengthwise. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. This softens it slightly and makes it easier to remove the interior. Chop the green onion and set aside.
Remove from the microwave and cool briefly. Then score ¼” in from the edge with a sharp knife. I do that to make it easier to remove the inside. It helps keep from accidentally cutting through the outer skin. Remove the interior of each zucchini half with a spoon.
Reserve the removed zucchini and zucchini shells for later.
Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until slightly softened.
Dice the tomatoes.
To the skillet, add the reserved zucchini, diced tomato, salt, pepper, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine.
Fill the reserved zucchini shells with the mixture. Sprinkle more parmesan cheese on top and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until tender.
More Zucchini Recipes on Never Enough Thyme:
- Tomato-Zucchini Tian
- Zucchini Chips
- Pan Fried Zucchini with Lemon and Parmesan
- Baked Zucchini with Bacon
- 8-Ball Zucchini
- Zucchini Fries
Stuffed Zucchini Recipes from Other Bloggers:
- Easy Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Spend with Pennies
- Sausage Stuffed Zucchini from Fifteen Spatulas
- Turkey Stuffed Zucchini from Skinny Taste
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- 2 medium zucchini
- 1 tblsp butter
- 1 tblsp olive oil plus more for drizzling
- 2-3 green onions chopped
- 2 roma tomatoes
- salt and pepper
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- ½ cup Parmesan plus more for topping
- Preheat the oven to 350. Wash the zucchini well, cut in half lengthwise and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Remove from microwave, cool briefly, then score ¼” in from the edge with a sharp knife. Remove the interior of each zucchini half with a spoon. Reserve the removed zucchini and zucchini shells for later.
- Chop 2 to 3 green onions and add to butter and olive oil in a large skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until slightly softened. Dice the tomato. To the skillet, add the reserved zucchini, diced tomato, salt, pepper, bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
- Fill the reserved zucchini shells with the mixture. Sprinkle more Parmesan cheese on top and drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes.
Lana Stuart is the cook and occasional traveler here at Never Enough Thyme. Lana has been cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove and started this blog in 2009 to share her delicious home cooking recipes. You'll find about 700 recipes here so there's sure to be something your family will like!
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