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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stuffed Italian Zucchini



Doesn't this look yummy?



Just one bite and you will be hooked!


The Players!




Scoop out pulp from zucchini halves, leaving ¼ inch shell (I used a grapefruit knife and spoon).  



Save 1 ¼ cup of the pulp and chop finely, set aside.


Combine beef, onion, garlic, red pepper, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.   In a large skillet brown ground meat and vegetables over medium heat until brown.  


Remove from heat and add zucchini pulp, ¼ can of tomato soup, 



½ cup of cheese and bread  crumbs to brown meat mixture 
and blend well to form the stuffing mix.



Arrange shells in baking dish.  



Pour remaining soup over and around squash, a ¼ cup water to bottom of the pan, sprinkle zucchini with the remaining cheese.  


Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until zucchini was tender.  Uncover and bake for 5 minutes to brown the top.




A picture says a 1000 words don't you think?

Happy Eating!


The Recipe:



Stuffed Italian Zucchini


4 medium (fat) zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
¾ lb lean ground meat (I used 90/10)
½ cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup chopped red bell pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 can Health Request tomato soup (condensed 10 ¾ oz. can)
¾  cup grated cheddar cheese
½ cup Italian bread crumbs

Scoop out pulp from zucchini halves, leaving ¼ inch shell (I used a grapefruit knife and spoon).  Save 1 ¼ cup of the pulp and chop finely, set aside.

Combine beef, onion, garlic, red pepper, oregano, salt and pepper to taste.   In a large skillet brown ground meat and vegetables over medium heat until brown.  Remove from heat and add zucchini pulp, ¼ can of tomato soup, ½ cup of cheese and bread  crumbs to brown meat mixture and blend well to form the stuffing mix.

Arrange shells in baking dish.  Pour remaining soup over and around squash, a ¼ cup water to bottom of the pan, sprinkle zucchini with the remaining cheese.  Cover and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes or until zucchini was tender.  Uncover and bake for 5 minutes to brown the top.

Happy Eating!




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