As I walked in to my local kosher store, I eyed the big zucchinis in crates in the entry way. At 49 cents a pound, I had to toss a few in my cart.
I usually just chop up some zucchini in to a dish – for the most part, it becomes an afterthought. I find that I often use it as a way to stretch a recipe. I decided that I wanted the zucchini to shine tonight. I had never made stuffed zucchini before. I think the last time I ate one was back in summer camp. I didn’t have fond memories. I knew I could top the vegetarian menu at camp. I am pretty happy with the way this turned out.
2 large zucchini
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 package of cremini mushrooms, chopped
1/2 package of soy italian sausage, chopped
3 plum tomatoes, chopped well
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, powder or shredded, plus two tablespoons
1/2 cup bread crumbs or corn flake crumbs, plus two tablespoons (can use gluten free option)
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350.
Wash the outside of the zucchini well.
Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the insides of the zucchini. Chop the zucchini pulp and set aside. There should be a 1/4-inch layer of skin all around. Be careful not to puncture the skin.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place in over for around 10-12 minutes.
While the zucchini shells are baking, prepare the stuffing.
In a large pan, saute the onion and garlic in some olive oil and butter.
Add in your spices.
Add the soy sausage and mushrooms. Saute for 5 minutes.
Add in the chopped zucchini pulp and the chopped tomatoes.
Cook for another 5-7 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Stir in the cheeses and the bread crumbs, reserving the two tablespoons of each.
Taste the mixture now. Add salt if necessary.
Scoop the mixture in to the zucchini shells.
Sprinkle on the remaining bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Turn the oven up to broil and bake for another 5-10 minutes. Bread crumbs and cheese should look a little toasted.
Remove from oven and enjoy!