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Yum - Make the Perfect Stuffed Zucchinis!

Some of the best dishes you'll ever eat are those that use simplicity: Simple ingredients, simple techniques - and maximum flavor.

This recipe for stuffed zucchinis is very versatile - it doubles as an appretizer or side dish, and creates a large variety of possibilities because everything goes with its smooth texture and flavor. 

Now it used to be quite a lot of work to make these - boiling, stuffing and putting them in the oven. It was time consuming. But there is a quicker way! 

stuffed zucchinis


Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of sour cream
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of curry powder
1/2 tomato
1 teaspoon of thyme
2 zucchinis
1 onion
cheese
pepper 


Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 (200C)

2. Clean your zucchini well (scrub if needed).
 
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3. Slice the zucchini length-wise and, if you like, you can trim the edges (not required). 

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 4. Now it's time to scoop out the 'guts' of the zucchini, using a spoon. Leave about 1/2 an inch (a little more than a cm), and you'll have a boat-like shell. 


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5. Now chop the zucchini pulp you scraped out, chop a small onion and half a tomato. We will use the tomato more for color than flavor, because we don't want things to become too watery.
 
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6. Sautee the onion in one tablespoon of either oil or butter, and let them brown just a wee bit. 
 
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7. Wait until the onions are almost done and add a quarter (1/4) of a teaspoon of curry powder. Now cook everything for another 30 seconds - be careful not to go over that time because the curry powder will become bitter tasting. When all is done, transfer everything to a big bowl. 

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8. Now add the following (in no particular order): 1 teaspoon of dried thyme, 1 very full tablespoon of sour cream, 1/4-1/2 a teaspoon of salt, a good pinch of pepper, the zucchini pulp and the tomato. 

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9. Now, lightly butter a baking dish and put the zucchini boats in it. They are best served fresh from the oven.  Using a spoon, fill the shells with the mix you've prepared and sprinkle some aged cheese on top.
 
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Put these in the preheated oven and give them around 20 minutes. Then turn on the upper grill until the top becomes golden brown. Sprinkly some chopped curly leaf parsley and... you're done!
 
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Aren't they beautiful?


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