Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Stuffed Zucchinis with Cheese and Italian Sausage

Stuffed Zucchini with Italian Sausage and Cheese

Steven is not the biggest fan of zucchinis but once they're stuffed with cheese and Italian sausage, even he can't resist them. I've converted him to a zucchini lover, albeit a meat-and-cheese stuffed zucchini lover. I've heard of stuffing bell peppers but stuffing zucchinis was a novel idea for me, one which I first saw on Elise's Simply Recipes. One of the great things about reading food blogs is seeing all the creative and delicious ideas bloggers come up with; it becomes addicting!

Stuffed Zucchinis with Cheese and Italian Sausage
Adapted from Elise's Simply Recipes

6 zucchinis
4 Italian sausages
1 14 oz. can of diced tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp white wine
1/4 tsp ground Italian herb
Optional: fresh basil or other herbs
1 egg
1/2 C grated mozzarella
1/4 C grated Parmesan
Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper

Slice the zucchinis in half lengthwise. Use a spoon and scoop out the insides leaving the zucchinis about 1/4 in thick. Sprinkle the insides of the zucchinis with some salt to draw out excess moisture. Chop the scooped zucchini insides and set aside.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Brown the sausage and break it up into small pieces. Remove into a mixing bowl and set aside. Add the chopped zucchinis, drained tomatoes, garlic, white wine, dried Italian herb mix, salt and pepper to taste. Cook until all of the moisture has absorbed. Mix in the browned sausage and wait until the filling has cooled.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Drain any moisture that may have come out of the filling before mixing in the cheese and egg. Also drain any moisture that has been drawn out of the zucchinis. Mix the egg and cheeses into the filling and scoop generously into the zucchinis. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the zucchinis have softened.


Peabody said...

Something like this was on Everyday Italian today. I wonder if I can get my non veggie eater to eat his veggies if I stuff them with meat.

Anh said...

Lovely dish!

Kalyn said...

Looks just wonderful. This is something I'd love to eat any time!

Lydia said...

Hmmmm, I'm going to try this with some spicy turkey sausage. Looks delicious.

SteamyKitchen said...

Well that answers my question of 'what shall i have for supper tonight?'

Deborah said...

These look delicious!

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

You sneaky girl, you! Brilliant idea, I'm going to try it on my guy too!

flavoradeux said...

Yum! I'm not huge on zucchini either, but I will try this. I might also try this stuffing in eggplant. Love me some eggplant! Thanks for the idea.

Sally said...

Hello there....

when you have a chance, try the same approach with the cute "eight ball zucchini"

I love zucchini in any shape, but only got to cook the "eight ball" this year. It is wonderful and looks gorgeous

ps: I love your blog!

Maryann said...

My kind of food :)

Kevin said...

That looks really tasty. Zucchini sausage and cheese... mmm...

Tartelette said...

Like Peabody, my non veie eater would love this! and me also!!

Passionate Eater said...

You are a dream! I too have never heard of stuffed zucchinis, but you are an inspiration!

Chef JP said...

This sounds delicious. Another variation if you don't want to use sausage is to use fresh lump crabmeat. Thanks! chefjp

Nan said...

OH that looks good! What a great way to use up all those pesky zucchinis that hang around in July.

Pam said...

That looks really good, I think even my zucchini hating daughter would love these!

Susan said...

Didn't those zucchini turn out perfectly? I haven't made stuffed zucchini yet this season. What am I waiting for?

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

My mother used to make a similar dish with eggplant, but I think I like the zucchini better. It looks delicious!

Belinda said...

What a wonderful recipe...stuffed zucchini sounds like a delicious alternative to stuffed peppers. It appeals to me much more to be honest...thanks for sharing this idea...love the photo as well! :-)

Carla said...

Stuffing zucchini is so versatile. I made stuffed squash with an oriental filling, but sadly I forgot to take a picture. I'll have to try it with sausage next time :)

Amy said...

Stuffing veggies with meat is always a yummy idea. Hopefully it will win over your nonveggie eater. :)

Thank you!


Spicy turkey sausage sounds delish too.

:D Glad I could help.

Thank you!

Hehe I even snuck in some tomatoes and Steven hates tomatoes. *evil grin*

Ooh Steven doesn't like eggplant either, I'll have to try this with that too.

I'm so glad you like my blog! I've seen the round zucchinis and my gosh they are so darn cute! I think I'll try to grow some next year.

I hear ya!


I hope he likes it. :D

Passionate Eater,
You are too sweet! All of the credit goes to Elise though, without her blog I never would have thought of this.

Chef JP,
Wow lump crab meat sounds divine!

I know what you mean! There always seems to be zucchinis in my fridge during the later summer months.

I hope this can win her over!

Aw thank you! Maybe you'll get a giant zucchini like Elise!

I'll definitely have to try this with eggplant too. :) Might win over the eggplant hating bf.

Thanks for the kind words!

Hillary said...

I'm not the biggest fan of zucchini either, but you've made it appealing with this dish! Great job.

porcalina said...

I made these last night. They were so good! Thanks for the recipe :)

lynn said...

My husband can sniff out zucchini even in baked goods, so I'd never be able to get away with serving this. But it looks like it would taste great!

legend_018 said...

I'm making this now and I'm pretty sure it's going to come out dynomite. I made a couple changes,only because I had an urge too and didn't have diced tomatoes in the house. I recently made some collard green pesto so I added that instead (which has a lot of parm cheese in it), and omitted the cheeses. Oh and I added some Kale I had left over in the refrigerator. I had a sample taste and OH MY!!!!


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