Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini
 
These can be assembled a day ahead and refrigerated. Remove them from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
 
Ingredients
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil. plus more for baking dish
4 medium zucchini. halved lengthwise (about 2 pounds)
1 pound spicy Italian sausage, removed from casing
1 small onion. coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
3 cloves garlic. minced (about 2 tablespoons)
1 cup coarse fresh breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons lemon zest. plus 1 tablespoon juice (from 1 lemon)
1 1/2 ounces grated Parmesan (about 3/4 cup). plus shavings for garnish
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 large egg. lightly beaten
 
Procedure
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Drizzle a large baking dish with oil. Scrape seeds and soft flesh from zucchini and reserve 1/2 cup. Place zucchini. cut sides up, in baking dish.
 
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add sausage and onion. Cook, breaking up sausage, until sausage is browned and onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and reserved zucchini; cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Divide mixture among zucchini. Bake until filling is firm and each zucchini is tender and wrinkled around edges, 35 to 40 minutes. Garnish with Parmesan shavings.
 
Servings: 4
 
Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

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