How to Make Tasty Tender Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Our family's favorite way to eat Zucchini - delicious & easy Main dish Perfect for small, young zucchini that appear first if you're growing it in your garden. With or without meat, delicious!

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How to Make Tasty Tender Stuffed Zucchini Boats Recipe
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This is a good size. I had 2, so I cut my recipe in half this time.  Cut stem ends and wash  Zucchini.

This is a good size. I had 2, so I cut my recipe in half this time. Cut stem ends and wash Zucchini.

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You can GENTLY boil zucchini but microwaving is faster and easier. Be sure to poke tiny holes scattered about so steam can escape & zucchini doesn't explode.

You can GENTLY boil zucchini but microwaving is faster and easier. Be sure to poke tiny holes scattered about so steam can escape & zucchini doesn't explode.

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Microwave 2 minutes. Turn and microwave 1 more minute. Test for doneness. Sharp Knife  should slide in easily. These two took 3 minutes total. More zucchini would take 2-4 more.

Microwave 2 minutes. Turn and microwave 1 more minute. Test for doneness. Sharp Knife should slide in easily. These two took 3 minutes total. More zucchini would take 2-4 more.

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Gather stuffing ingredients bases on recipe (I'm making a half recipe this time) I use any bread I happen to have for the crumbs. Parsley can be dry or fresh.

Gather stuffing ingredients bases on recipe (I'm making a half recipe this time) I use any bread I happen to have for the crumbs. Parsley can be dry or fresh.

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Slice cooked zucchini lengthwise.

Slice cooked zucchini lengthwise.

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Scoop out each half and save. (It's best to use these young smaller zucchini as their seeds are tiny and tender.

Scoop out each half and save. (It's best to use these young smaller zucchini as their seeds are tiny and tender.

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Chop filling with blender or food processor. Drain zucchini shells upside down on paper towel while preparing stuffing v

Chop filling with blender or food processor. Drain zucchini shells upside down on paper towel while preparing stuffing v

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Note: After scooping out, turn upside down to drain while preparing stuffing.

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Mix zucchini filling with bread crumbs, shredded cheese, seasonings, parsley, onion and egg.  Do not add last 3 ingredients listed in recipe. These will be used later.

Mix zucchini filling with bread crumbs, shredded cheese, seasonings, parsley, onion and egg. Do not add last 3 ingredients listed in recipe. These will be used later.

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OPTION: you can add some browned ground beef, sausage, any small amount of PRE-COOKED meat IF you like. I usually do not, and it's delicious! This time I did add a little sliced cooked pork sausage.

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Sprinkle shells with salt. Pepper optional.

Sprinkle shells with salt. Pepper optional.

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Spoon mixture into zucchini shells, mounding.

Spoon mixture into zucchini shells, mounding.

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This time I added sausage.

This time I added sausage.

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Dot with butter.

Dot with butter.

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Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Bake 350° 35-40 minutes until lightly browned

Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese. Bake 350° 35-40 minutes until lightly browned

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Serve warm. (Refrigerate leftovers & microwave later to warm up)

Serve warm. (Refrigerate leftovers & microwave later to warm up)

Ingredients

4 Zucchini 6-7" Long 
Cups Soft bread crumbs 
½ Cups Grated cheese 
¼ Cups Chopped onion 
2 Tablespoons Chopped parsley 
Teaspoons Salt 
Teaspoons Pepper 
2 Eggs 
¼ Teaspoons Salt 
2 Tablespoons Butter 
3 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese 
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