Saturday, July 23, 2011

Giant Zucchini

If you garden and grow zucchini, then you have probably picked a few that are the size of small baseball bats and wondered what on earth to do with them.  I neglected to cut my zucchini for a few days and wound up with about a dozen that were gigantic!  I gave several to my neighbors and some go Gennifer.  But I still had the largest ones that I had to use. 
Last summer I made bunches of zucchini bread.  I also grated several of the larger zucchinis and froze them the shredded veggies to use later.  I used them in spaghetti sauces, bread, meatloaf, etc.  But I had been wanting to try stuffing the large zucchini.  Tonight I quickly threw one together.  I had purchased a pound of pork sausage today at the grocery store.  You could use turkey sausage, or ground beef or turkey too.  I sauteed a little bit of onion, then added the sausage to the pan and browned it.
While that was browning, I sliced one of the zucchini in half lengthwise.  Then using a large spoon, I scooped out the entire center.  Leaving a well to hold the sausage mixture.  Salt and pepper the zucchini at this point.
Oh, before I forget to tell you, turn your oven on to about 400 degrees to preheat.  Once the sausage had browned, I added a frozen pouch of rice.  I buy this at Trader Joe's in the a box that holds several bags of rice. 
I added a cup or so of water and turned the heat up until it reduced some.  If I had any corn, I would have added that too.  I think it needed color.  So next time I will add more veggies.  And I was even thinking that making a meat sauce like I do for spaghetti would be a great way to fill these zucchini boats too.  So, once the mixture has absorbed most of the water, pour your filling into the zucchini boats.
Top with cheese.
Bake with sheet of foil on top for about 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 and uncover and let finish for another 30 minutes or until zucchini is fork tender.
This was so good.  You could fill them any way you like.  Meat sauce, rice and veggie mix, sausage, etc.  Endless possibilities.  So if you are finding yourself with gigantic zucchini that you don't know what to do with, this is a delicious way to use them.
Bon Appetit!

17 comments:

~Niki~ said...

YUM! I love zucchini~ I cut it up, microwave it , eat it like that. bread like that is good too. i wish we could grow a nice garden. i think it's too hot here. i dunno, could be us. lol

Holly said...

What a great idea! They look so yummy. I think I may try this and add corn and bell peppers and maybe some tomoto sauce. Thanks for the tip!

Linda said...

I LOVE stuffed zucchini! I've never tried it with rice in the mix and look forward to trying that...you've made me hungry!

Kristi said...

Those large zucchini always crack me up! You know how often my Mom gets out to her garden so let's just say she's produced quite a few of these bad boys, haha!

The stuffed zucchini looks so yummy, sounds like a great way to prepare those massive things! Have a great weekend Kris!

Sandy said...

That sounds and looks delicious!

Maryrose said...

Oh that looks so yummy...I see Kristi has already been spreading rumors about my garden habits too. Amazing those guys can get so big isn't it?

Kerri said...

How creative are you?! They look awesome. Wouldn't little individaul ones be fun for company?! I passed this idea onto Susan (fivegreatkiddos) who has been asking for zucchini ideas.

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

I have made these in the past, but forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder, I will put it on our summer menu.

Diane said...

Browned sausage added to a pkg. of cornbread stuffing mix is good too.

Don't you remember when Mr. Keller would bring down those giant's?

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, This recipe looks wonderful and because both daughters are also overloaded with zuchinis, I passed it on to them.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend-and thanks for always sharing your recipes.
Hugs, Noreen

Melissa said...

Sounds so nummy!

Linda said...

We love to stuff the big ones too...I usally make a meatloaf and stuff it with that with cheese on top...yummy!

Jann Olson said...

Didn't miss the color. Everything with cheese looks yummy! Thanks so much for sharing this. I can't wait to try it. Just getting small zuchinni now, but know that the big ones will come. It only takes a day or two.

The Garden Bell said...

If only I could get some zuchs to look like that out of my garden. It got fried last week and is now drowning in all the rain.

Oh, by the way, thanks a lot...you know you sent me the invite for Pinterest and got me started and then walked away....fine....giggling... I love it over there and am having too much fun.

I did finish my last 10 circles, but need to join. Lazy weekend here.

Tammy said...

Oh my gosh! Super zucchini!!! I love it! I need to plant some. lol That looks super yummy. Gunna have to go to the farmer's market next weekend and get some!

Nicolle said...

Oh yummy. This looks scrumptious! Something I would definitely love. I envy your garden.....I am just no good at growing stuff. Maybe one day?! :))

Have a great week.

Stacey said...

Holy moly, those are some honking zucchini :) Yum!!!