Friday, July 15, 2011

Zucchini Boats

Ingredients (as an inspiration - tweak this if you'd like!)

2 zucchini
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 shallot, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 - 1/2 tsp thyme
dash paprika


1. Boil the zucchini for about 5 to 6 minutes, then put them in an ice bath to stop cooking.
2. When cool, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. Remove the flesh of the zucchini; chop the flesh and reserve.
3. Over medium to medium high heat, melt the butter and olive oil. Cook the shallot and garlic until soft and fragrant. Add the reserved zucchini, breadcrumb, Parmesan and thyme. Mix until well combined and hot.
4. Fill the empty zucchini boats with the filling. Sprinkle the boats with paprika. Pop them under the broiler for a few minutes, or into the toaster oven for a few minutes, or into an oven at 450 F. Keep an eye on just want them to brown a little on the top. Maybe 5 -7 minutes.

A grapefruit spoon works really well to remove the flesh, do give it a try if you have one. Now you have another use for that spoon! If you don't have a grapefruit spoon - borrow one of mine (we have 4), or simply use a paring knife and spoon. :)

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