Friday, August 4, 2017

Zucchini Boats

Apparently when I posted this picture on Instagram & Facebook, I captured your attention.  I certainly wouldn't call myself the best chef; oh no, not by any stretch of the imagination.  But occasionally I'm not too shabby.  Like this recipe I'm sharing with you today. It looks, and sounds, a lot fancier than it is. This is a fairly quick recipe that you can whip up in about 35-40 minutes, and it looks and tastes great!  Try it & tell me what you think!Zucchini  Boats- Life with the HawleysFrom the Kitchen of Darby Hawley
Ingredients:
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
3/4 oz parmesan cheese, shaved
2 tbs EVOO
sea salt & ground black pepper, to taste
1 tbs grass-fed butter
1/2 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch of chili flakes (optional)
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 lb ground Italian sausage, I've used both mild & hot and both are great
5-8 zucchinis
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 oz mozzarella cheese ( I just used sliced cheese)
2 tbs fresh parsley

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together tomatoes, parmesan cheese, EVOO, sea salt & pepper.
2. In a skillet (I use cast iron) over medium heat, melt butter, and then add onions & cook until translucent (about 3-5 minutes).  Then stir in the garlic, paprika, cayenne, (chili flakes- optional), oregano, & thyme.
3. Add sausage to the onions & spices, and cook until browned.  Then remove everything from the skillet and add it to the tomato mixture.  Check to see if you need more salt or pepper.
4. Cut each zucchini in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the flesh.  Do not throw the flesh away, but instead add it to the tomato mixture. Place the empty zucchinis into a baking dish and add the chicken stock to the bottom. Begin to fill the zucchinis with the sausage/tomato/zucchini mixture. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Top zucchini boats with mozzarella cheese & parsley, & return to the oven for another 5-10 minutes depending on how brown & bubbly you like the cheese. Then remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes before serving.
6. Enjoy!
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xoxo Darby

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