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Parmesan-Pork Zucchini Boats

My father-in-law grows zucchini, so we try as many different recipes as we can. Stuffed with a sausage-cheese filling, these zucchini boats are hearty enough to be a main dish. We usually serve them with rice.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  • Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell; set aside. Chop pulp; set aside.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add garlic and zucchini pulp; saute for 3-5 minutes or until pulp is tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in the bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and egg.
  • Sprinkle salt inside zucchini shells. Fill each with 3 tablespoons meat mixture. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  • Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Pour water into dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until zucchini is tender and filling is heated through.
Nutrition Facts
2 filled zucchini halves: 408 calories, 27g fat (10g saturated fat), 103mg cholesterol, 1134mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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