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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.

Makes

8 servings

This savory side dish from Billie Moss of El Sobrante, California is reason enough to give zucchini extra space in your garden. "I like to serve these veggie-stuffed boats with a loaf of homemade bread and slices of melon and avocado nestled on crisp lettuce leaves," she suggests. "They're also wonderful paired with any meat."

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese

Directions

  1. Trim ends of zucchini; place in a steamer basket. In a saucepan, bring 1 in. of water to a boil; add basket. Cover and steam for 5 minutes. When zucchini is cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Set pulp aside.
  2. In a bowl, beat the egg; add spinach, bread crumbs, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and zucchini pulp. Spoon into zucchini shells.
  3. Place in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes. Top each with tomatoes and Swiss cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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