Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Ground Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats
I love zucchini!
Someone else at my house? Not so much.
But here's a satisfying dish to serve that may not make your zucchini haters so hateful.
One thing I have noticed is that people who hate zucchini usually hate the squishy over cooked kind. These zucchini boats are firm enough to hold a ton of tasty, spicy meat and get some lucious melted cheese on top.
A very satisfying dish for dinner. It's quick and easy to do and low carb too.
We found this to be very tasty and filling. I may try this one again with ground lamb and feta to give it a Mediterranean flare.
Serves about 4-6
4 med zucchini, hollowed out, insides cooked and drained- mix with ground beef
1 1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup grated cheese
1/2 onion, chopped
1-2 garlic, crushed and minced
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup salsa
3-4 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1-2 jalapenos, seeds removed and minced
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
salt & pepper
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Cut zucchini in half lengthwise, scooping out the middle, leaving the sides.
You could use a melon ball tool, or even a small cookie scoop, like I did.
Bake the empty zucchini boats for 7-8 minutes while making the filling.
With the zucchini you scoop out, chop it into small pieces.
Over medium high heat in a large fry pan, or dutch oven, saute the onions, garlic, zucchini and minced jalalpeno until the onions are softened, about 4-5 minutes.
Add the burger and stir to cook with the vegetable until there is no more pink, about 5 minutes. If there is a lot of fat, or water from the meat, drain it off.
Add the salsa, the spices and the cilantro. Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper. Add about half the cheese 1/2 to 3/4 cup and stir. Adding some of the cheese here helps to "glue" the mixture together.
Add the meat mixture carefully into the boats, top with cheese and return to the oven until the cheese is melted, about 3-4 more minutes.
NOTE- I like my zucchini on the undercooked side, but if you like your zucchini softer then you may want to bake longer.