Friday, May 22, 2009

Italian-style Stuffed Zucchini

Someday when I grow up and get out of debt, Ethan is going to take me to Italy. He doesn't want to, but I know he will. I have these visionary visions (can I say that?) of Italy, just like it is in "Under The Tuscan Sun". Old Italian villa, friendly gardeners that appear to work for free, flowing dresses, twilight vineyard walks. All of these in my mind will happen. But in all actuality, I will probably never go and what good would Italy be if I don't drink and I don't like cheese?

1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large tomato, chopped
5 zucchini
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Set oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add the beef and the onion. Break up the beef with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the salt, pepper, basil, rosemary, red pepper flakes and garlic. Stir to combine. Once the beef is browned, add the tomato and stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Cut the ends of the zucchini. Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the seeds and flesh. Set the zucchini on a cookie sheet (line it with foil for easy clean up). Spoon a small amount of the ground beef filling into the zucchini.

Bake the zucchini for 10 minutes. Remove zucchini from the oven and sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top. Put the pan back in the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until the zucchini is cooked and the cheese is melted.

Yields 5-6 servings.

Served with this: Herbed couscous


hot garlic said...

Okay, that zuc looks delish. And yes, you can totally say visionary visions, I'm smelling what you're steppin in for sure.

Okay, and yeah, you are the smart one. Not allowing anonymous comments was the way to go, I see that now... I've learned a huge lesson, but for now I know he's taking any move I make as a sign of weakness to just laugh at more. It's pretty much just damage control at this point. But apparently we're friends now. So weird.

Shanicherie said...

That does look delish! And you would LOVE Italy! It's me and the hubs favorite country to visit! You would love it, they just look at you kinda funny when you don't order wine, but the food is ammmmaaaazzzzing! I think the cheese thing is something you'd get over quickly, but there's definitely options for minimal cheese!

MamaDonna said...

As a woman, Italy is a huge boost to the ol' ego. Italian men love to fawn over women. Go and feel like a goddess! :)

Desmone007 said...

Never say never. I thought I'd never go to Hawaii but I did last year (and no it wasn't on credit card either)! You will get to Italy someday - keep hope alive. And keep sharing these mouth-watering recipes too! If you don't mind I'd love to direct Foodista readers to your blog. Just add your choice of widget to this post and you're all set!

meg said...

How is it that you don't remember when we went to Italy last summer? Whit, we had such a good time together. And don't tell the Bishop about all that wine we drank. Who-eee! I never knew you could be such a lush. Savor, dear, don't slosh down.

Janeen said...

I am going to try to make them. I have to make sure that I have the stuffing separate then the zucchini. Chad has issues with zucchini.

Can we tag along with you? It is the top of my list of places to go. I know the dirt there must smell fantastic. I always tell Chad I want to finally be around my people. I guess you could say I have a soft spot for Italians. That’s what happens when you are a Meneghini.

Shayne said...

Italy does have a lot of great cured meats but I have to say that there are so many other places that are much better then Italy. However, I do want a chance to go down south and see Rome...and never, NEVER go to Italy in August (everything is closed)

Snooky doodle said...

wow all these different flavours are so yummy! :)

lizzy said...

wait, wait, WAIT! you don't like cheese? my world has turned upside down.

Wendy said...

I made this with italian sausage instead of ground beef. YUM!