Monday, October 21, 2013

get on the zucchini boat!

so i’m kinda obsessed with zucchini. it all started back in the day when my parents took us to japanese restaurants and i got to slam dunk it into  that sweet nectar known as white sauce.

side note: let’s have a moment for japanese white sauce..........................................

yum. thanks.

anyway, as i got older i realized that, ya know, zucchini is actually good by itself and something you can do so many things with. i saw this idea online and decided to give it a go for thursday night football dinner for the boys.

so see below for the sausage zucchini boats!

what you’ll need:
3 zucchini’s; medium size
¼ cup of mushrooms; diced
¼ cup of red pepper; diced
¼ cup of tomato; diced
8 oz of cream cheese
1 lb of sausage
1 package of mozzarella cheese

you’ll need to cook and drain the sausage and place it in a medium mixing bowl. note: i didn’t use all the sausage (lee actually refrigerated it and made sausage omelets for breakfast the next day!), so just use your best judgment so it’s equal parts. set aside the bowl.

cut your zucchini long ways into two halves like so and microwave them just slightly (20 seconds?) so they are just a little softer.

{sliced length-wise}

then take a spoon and scoop out the inner zucchini leaving sturdy walls to create little boats like so!

{scooped out}

grab your bowl full of sausage and place most of the zucchini guts in with it. dice your tomatoes, red pepper, & mushrooms and place in the bowl as well. you can add the mozzarella now, but save some to sprinkle right before the oven. i love this recipe because you can really make it your own. don’t like tomatoes? don’t use em. allergic to mushrooms? use green peppers instead. you can put whatever you want in this mixture. this is just what i chose.

scoop another equal part of cream cheese, softened, into the mixture. just enough to bind together all the ingredients. & mix together.

{sausage & veggies}

scoop the filling into the zucchini boats, top with cheese, and bake on 350 degrees for 30-35 min. 

{before the oven}

i threw on the broiler for 3-4 minutes at the end just to really toast the cheese on top. in the meantime, i boiled some pasta salad and served as a side.


definitely try this. it’s so good and i’ll definitely make it again.