Here’s yet another zucchini recipe from yours truly! This veggie is just so versatile I can’t help but make meals out of it! Summer is coming to an end soon though, so stay tuned for all things pumpkin in the next few weeks! 😉
When I first started cooking with zucchini just a few years ago, I came across this ‘recipe’ and made subtle changes to it to suit my preference. I knew my kids wouldn’t eat it, so I made it the way I’d like it. It was an instant hit. My Grandma and parents happened to be over for supper the first time I made it and they all enjoyed it too. It’s light, healthy and delicious.
These ‘boats’ do not take a lot of effort to make, which I think anyone can appreciate! I’ll let you know the way I put them together but there are so many different variations to this recipe. They can be made and ‘stuffed’ with meat, chopped veggies, pizza style…..
Zucchini, Tomatoe and Cheese Boats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
1 small zucchini, washed
cherry/grape tomatoes, washed and slice in half (you may want to remove the seeds or else it tends to make everything a bit soggy)
1 tsp of olive oil
1 tsp (approx) fresh diced garlic
1/2 C of shredded cheese
salt and pepper
basil for garnishing
Preheat your oven to 400°.
Start by slicing the ends off of the zucchini and cutting it length wise in half. Next, hollow out the seeds on each zucchini. Place the ‘boats’ on a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet or place them in a small rectangular baking dish also with parchment paper in case they topple over in the oven.
On each zucchini, brush on the olive oil and garlic, add the tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. At this point, add the shredded cheese and cook for approximately 20 minutes. I prefer them to be slightly firm so just keep an eye on them or else they may turn out to be too soft. Once they are cooked to your preference, take them out of the oven, add a sprinkle of Parmesean Cheese and set your broiler to high. Place them back in the oven until the tops are golden and crispy. This step does not take long so do not walk away from your oven at this time!! If you’re into basil, sprinkle on top.
So go ahead and give these a try and let me know what you did differently, or the same, and if you enjoyed them!
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