It’s been a number of months since my last post. Almost 8 months to be more precise. Why haven’t I written? Well, I could say it’s been life getting busy…work, family, friends, I got married! (it’s true…on July 9th). But really it’s been me not having the courage to keep on writing and sharing my food adventures for fear that my blog is not “perfect” or nobody is reading it. But I’m going to bite the bullet and continue to grow Shop Your Fridge…even if I take photos with just an iphone6 and the posts have missed spelling mistakes. Food and cooking inspire me and are my way to channel creativity during my Monday to Friday corporate life. So here we go…again.
Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats (I currently have an abundance of home grown zucchini from my parents so this recipe is my way of using up what I have until my parents drop off more gems from their garden).
4-5 spicy pork sausages (you can use turkey as well)
1 small onion
1 clove of garlic
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley (or any other fresh herbs)
1-1.5 cups of bread crumbs
Panko bread crumbs for topping
1 cup of parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out the insides and seeds of each zucchini half using a spoon and place in a bowl. Do not throw away. Over medium to high heat, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onion becomes translucent. Squeeze out the sausage meat from the castings and cook with the onion and garlic, about 5-10 minutes. Once cooked, remove the sausage mixture with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl to cool. Add into the pan what you scooped out of the zucchini halves, seeds and all. Sauté in the sausage flavored pan for just a few minutes until the flavors are absorbed. You don’t want the zucchini to turn mushy. Once done, place in the bowl with the sausage and mix together. You will notice that the mixture has some liquid due to the zucchini so just add bread crumbs until the water has been absorbed. Add in the parmesan, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Fill each zucchini half with the sausage mixture and top with more parmesan or panko bread crumbs. Cook in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until the zucchini is cooked to your preference. Serve as a main dish with a side salad or as a starter to the meal.