13 February 2011

Zucchini Boats

I was wandering through my favorite expat blogs when I fell upon Heather of Heather in Europe's latest post: zucchini boats. Surprisingly, I had all the ingredients in the fridge (or mostly), including a big block of Irish Cheddar (I buy it by the kilo at Selgros). So I made them:
And they were really good. The kids didn't like them (what can I say- they are tough eaters), but the German scraped the pan.
Here's my version:
  • Grab a few zucchini, cut off the ends, put in a greased pan with drizzles of olive oil at 180C for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, dice an onion and mince 3-4 cloves garlic and toss them in olive oil in a saucepan on the stove.
  • Then dice a carrot and a celery stalk and add them in.
  • Salt, pepper and thyme (can you believe it- all my spices and I have no sage! I wonder if it would have tasted better with that?).
  • Remove the zucchini, use a grapefruit spoon to scrape them out, add the contents to pan, stir for a minute or two with some grated cheddar then put back into the hollow zucchini and return to the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, add panko and a bit more salt, pepper and grated cheddar and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Remove and eat. Yum!


heather in europe said...

nice to see that your version turned out well. i sometimes use thyme in them for a change, sage does change the flavor, but either can be nice.

in my younger years, i avoided zucchini as well, no matter how it appeared, so maybe it's an acquired taste.

Expats Again said...

Love all of the ingredients so I know I will try them. Thank you.

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