Monday, June 25, 2012

Zucchini Boats

I'm getting excited about all of the veggies that are coming into season right now!  Everything is so colorful and tastes so much better than it did a few months ago.

It is during this time of the year that I love zucchini and summer squash, but I get bored with the same old steaming or grilling, so I searched Pinterest for some squash inspiration.  I found a beautiful picture of zucchini boats that were roasted in the oven with little grape tomatoes, perfect!  Bonus, these tasted wonderful and even got approval from the kids of a coworker!

I forgot to take a picture, so you'll have to make a mental picture :)

Zucchini Boats
adapted from: Proud Italian Cook

  • 4 medium, straight zucchinis
  • 16 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • a pinch of pepper
  • a pinch of salt
  • 8 thin slices of mozzarella
  • 4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese (the real stuff is better!)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with tinfoil.
  2. Slice the zucchinis lengthwise and scoop the seeds out of the middle.  Line them up on the cookie sheet.
  3. Place the grape tomatoes in the zucchini boats, 4 to a zucchini.  
  4. Drizzle zucchini with olive oil and sprinkle on the garlic powder, pepper, and salt.
  5. Bake for about twenty minutes, or until zucchini is starting to get soft.
  6. Remove the zucchini from the oven.  Turn the temperature up to 400 degrees.  
  7. Put the mozzarella on the zucchini and sprinkle the Parmesan on top.  
  8. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes, or until cheese starts to brown.  Watch it closely to make sure it doesn't burn!  Enjoy! 

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