June 30, 2012

Eating The Harvest: Stuffed Zucchini!

Hey look a recipe! Haven't had one of those in awhile.

I don't have a picture because... Well because we ate it before I could take one!

Have you ever turned your back on a zucchini plant for a day or two and wound up with ridiculously sized zucchini?

This year, having plants that actually produce things now (as opposed to last year, which was a bust), we are starting to be invaded by the long green monsters. I had sort of thought about trying stuffed zucchini, but didn't think I had any big enough. I walked out back, since it had been a few days, thinking maybe I would get lucky and 'Lo and Behold! A giant "Sookini"! Perfect!

So, here is what I did last night to make stuffed zucchini. I looked up a recipe, but just kind of winged it aside from the oven temp and tomato sauce part.

Stuffed Zucchini
1 large zucchini
1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1 C cooked rice (leftover from the night before!)
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 C marinara/spaghetti/tomato sauce (you know, whatever ya' got)
A bit of swiss or mozzarella (shredded or sliced)

Preheat oven to 350*.

Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. You may need to dig out a bit of extra flesh in order to make a generous sized cavity for the meat.

Place meat, onion, rice, egg and seasonings into a large bowl, along with about a third of the seeds/flesh that you have chopped. Mix together really well.

Stuff into the zucchini "boats". It will be mounded way over the top, that's ok.

Place stuffed zucchini into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, then spoon tomato sauce over the top. Cover with however much cheese you like.

Bake for about 1 hour - 1 hour 15 minutes until meat is cooked through.

I am happily surprised to say that everyone ate this! And it was surprisingly delicious! The kids even ate a bit of the zucchini even though they're not big fans. (Except Duder. He eats "every stuff" - his words.) I think I'll be making this more often as a good way to use up those giant zuccs.

Happy Eating,


Kim said...

I love "sookini" stuffed or otherwise. Yumm

Farm Girl said...

I love this so very cute. I am so glad they would eat it. Your sookini looks great.

myletterstoemily said...

that sounds delicious! kudos for growing those
giants and then making a wonderful meal out
of them!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Yum! I love stuffed zucchini. I'm with Duder - I like "every stuff" too!!

Kessie said...

Sookini! So cute! I've tried manfully to eat them every summer, and I just can't. Too many years of grating them, feeding them to my iguana, and having that smell permeate my bedroom.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Thanks for the recipe. I am always on the look out for a good one. I think zucchini is a very under rated vegetable. When we were little my mother would saute it then add eggs and tomato sauce and we would have in on bread. Very Italian and very delicious.

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