"The first zucchini I ever saw, I killed it with a hoe." -- columnist John Gould in Monstrous Depravity: A jeremiad and a lamentation [about things to eat], 1963
Zucchini can take over a garden, and maybe some gardeners feel like taking a hoe to them on occasion. When I was growing up, if a zucchini hid under the leaves and got too big to suit my mother (and by too big I mean anything over five or six inches long), she would pull it off and chuck it aside to let it rot in the garden. Let's face it, zucchini are so prolific that gardeners can get pretty cavalier with them.
We don't have enough space or sun to grow zucchini at our house, so I cherish zukes when I get good ones. Last week I showed you the zucchini I got at the farmer's market. Today I'll show you what I did with them. My sister-in-law sent me this great grilled zucchini boat recipe. If you have a zucchini-filled garden, it'll have you saying "whoa" to the hoe!
|This was cooked directly on the grill for great grill marks.|
This recipe could be changed up almost any way you like. You could make it spicy, add garlic or olives. I've even seen similar recipes with bacon or sausage. We liked it just like this, as a side dish. It makes a beautiful presentation.
Grilled Zucchini Boats
2 medium zucchini (6-7 inches long), ends trimmed
3/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
2 plum or large cherry tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
3-4 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons bread Italian crumbs
1/2 teaspoon (or several grinds with pepper mill) black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat grill to medium-high heat. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out centers to for a 1/2-inch- thick shell.
For filling: Chop the zucchini center flesh. Combine with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, basil, onions, bread crumbs and black pepper.
Brush cut side of zucchini lightly with olive oil. You can salt them lightly if desired. Place zucchini, cut side down, on grill either directly or in a grill basket. Grill, covered, for 6-8 minutes until tender crisp. Check occasionally to prevent burning.
Turn zucchini over and fill the wells evenly with the filling. Sprinkle on remaining ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and parsley.
|Filled and ready to go back to the grill.|
Return to grill and cook, covered, for additional 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and filling is heated through. Remove from grill. If not using a basket, remove carefully using a large spatula.