Monster zucchini, it happens every year; one day they are growing, looking fine, but if you do not pay attention, they will at some point resemble zucchini on steroids. This recipe was inspired by the monster zucchini growing in my garden.
One hot summer day, a perfect time to BBQ, I was wondering what to do with over sized zucchini and so using ingredients on hand I created what we call Italian Zucchini Boats - appropriately named after its shape. The grilled boats take on the flavors of a smoky lasagna and were served as a side dish. This recipe is in the local bi-annual PBS cookbook fundraiser and I recently had fun presenting it on the live broadcast.
Note: Stuffing ingredient amounts are not given because this recipe depends on the size of the zucchini and how many you plan to make. Eyeball it.
INGREDIENTS – to your taste
Medium large to monster sized zucchini (cut 6-7 inch inches in length)
Ricotta Cheese - fresh would be wonderful
Bocconcini Mozzarella balls (or cube up a mozzarella ball if you can’t find bocconcini)
Marinara sauce - your favorite
Pecorino Romano cheese – microplane grated
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh Italian parsley and/or other seasonings of choice
Fresh ground pepper
Note: when I use Pecorino in a recipe I skip the salt
In This Recipe
Prepare a grill with a cover, get the coals hot.
Prepare the zucchini: cut off the stem and cut in half, and spoon seeds out of the middle, if needed, hollow out enough space for filling.
Spoon in and spread marinara sauce.
Spoon in and spread Ricotta cheese.
Add mozzarella, drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil, and fresh ground pepper.
Drizzle one more layer of marinara.
Garnish with Pecorino, Italian parsley.
Outdoors: place on greased heavy duty foil; crease the edges up to hold all the zucchini boats in and cook, covered over indirect heat until the zucchini is heated and the filling starts to bubble and melt.
NOTE: If the weather is nasty, cook indoors: place on a greased ovenproof dish and bake @ 375 degrees until the zucchini is heated and the filling starts to bubble and melt.