Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Filled zucchini


This is something I ate from a Italian delli ( you can buy things there and bring home and heat them in the MW) yeah there are sometimes when I am reallyin no mood for cooking i go to one of these shops and buy premade food.
I don't do it often as mostly I tend to critize the food or even moan about how much one has to pay for each portion etc etc........
So as the dish was so tasty I thought why not recreate them at home.
This recipe is not from any book i just made it myself after eating the dish and I have to admit, it is even more better than in the shop.
2 zuchini.
300 gm minced chicken/beef/lamb your choice
1 tsp of paparika powder
2 tbsp parsley
1 garlic chopped
3 tbsp bread crumbs
peper and salt
100 gm bacon chopped
1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloved finley chopped
450 ml tomato ( i used tinned ones)
Hanfull of parsley.
3 tbsp olive oil.
1/4 cup water
Salt and peper to taste

Cut Zucchini in three blokes each, scoop the filling and keep them aside.
Now mix the meat with a bit of the scooped out flesh from the zucchin ( finley cut), with paprika powder, the 2 tbsp parsley, 1 garlic, read brumbs and peper and salt.
Fill the zucchin and heat a bit of oil in a pan and fry the zucchini all the sides, it will take just few minutes. Remove the from the pan.
Now to the same pan add the onions and bacon , fry for few minutes, add the tinned tomatoes and the rest of the ingridients, bring it to boil. You can also add the rest of the zuchini you scoped out to this mix.
Take a oven proof dish, place the filled Zucchin, pour the sauce over it and bake them in a preheated oven 200°c for about 25 to 30 minutes or untill they are cooked.
Last minute if the sauce is bit watttery you can add corn flour mixed with a bit of water so the sauce gets thicker.
Serve with french bread or potato mash.

My daughter don't like zucchin so i make small meat balls fry them a bit and add to the sauce before i put them in the oven. So I don't have to make myself grumby when she don't eat the dish saying she don't like zucchini.

44 comments:

sra said...

Someone told me they make this with snakegourd!

Rachel said...

Wow guess I could try with other vegetables too..

Priya said...

Stuffed zucchini quite interesting, will try soon..thats a yummy dish HC!

Happy cook said...

Sra that is a clever idea to make them with snakegourd. Would have never thought about it.

Rachel like sra mentioned you can try using snakegourd.

Priya do try you will love them.

Asha said...

F, what's with these kids not liking most veggies all the time?

Yes, clever to add meatballs so she can eat it. You know, when I made Masala dosa with potato masala, kids started whining! I had to make chilli chicken on the side, so they can eat dosa with it! :D

Antipasto! Is that what Italians call the salad they eat? Zucchini dish looks gorgeous, I would gladly eat it for lunch!:)

Lavi said...

Its a tough job..Look's its worthy of trying. Snakegourd with veggie's will be my option.

Happy cook said...

Asha yeah i know i know sometimes i am so angry with shyama when she says she don't want to eat her veg. Shyama loves masala dosa but then once she ate one and had a huge piece of onion and then from that time on she don't eat them she goes for plain :-)
We had this for lunch 2 days ago with mash potato.

Lavi well sra indeed have good ideas.

Laavanya said...

What an interesting dish.

5 Star Foodie said...

What a great idea! I made stuffed peppers before but not zucchini - definitely will be doing that!

Hema said...

wow...dish looks gorgeous and yummy!
my son also very choosy eater like yours!!! My son eats masala dosa from particular shop. Yogurt/sambar rice from temple only..so many conditions and restrictions....

notyet100 said...

filled ZUCCHINI LOOK DELICIOUS hc,..:-)

aquadaze said...

this sounds yum HC!!

Sujatha said...

wow, very new one.. love the ingredients in there... I'm sure it will be yummy!

Angie's Recipes said...

yummy zucchini ..... I think it would also work with aubergine, wouldn't it?

Sandeepa said...

Filled zucchini sounds interesting and the picture is so rich & tasty

DEESHA said...

this is a great idea with zucchini. shall try this sometime

Happy cook said...

Angie sure you can make them with aubergine, that would be delicous too.

Pooja said...

Thats a nice idea happycook....looking delcious ...

Elra said...

Oh my, this look and sounds so delicious.
Cheers,
elra

Rajitha said...

i think it happens to all us foodies...we buy stuff to eat from outside and we think..hmmm...i think i can make this at home and much better :)

Cham said...

Stuffing zuch is great idea. I guess another way to make eat the veggie with meat! Slurp!

Ivy said...

We make this a lot in Greece and we stuff tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, zucchini even onions, together or each one separately. Today I made stuffed tomatoes but I always prefer them without any meat. It was clever to add the meatballs in the sauce.

Soma said...

new kinda recipe. never thought of stuffing zucchinis! Thanks for sharing this!!

Poornima Nair said...

Thats an interesting recipe...look yumm.

Madhumathi said...

I guess this is my first time here..
This recipe is very interesting..Looks very rich and delicious :)
I love your espresso pannacotta too!

Ashwini said...

Wow my fav zucchini..looks so yumm..Will try it soon.

Ann said...

Brilliant idea HC..you are professional now..Love to try some..great clicks

Superchef said...

that sounds like such an interesting way to have zucchinis!!

ARUNA said...

yumm yumm yummy...!very interesting!

Varsha Vipins said...

Thats a unique one HC..what a fiery red color..:)

Arfi Binsted said...

wow, something to try out to! i just love courgette!

Amber said...

Hmm, I will try this comment again. Thanks for the comment on my dessert plates, I want to keep them all but really, where would I put them?
The zucchini sounds wonderful. I love Italian food especially the rustic style. And your Panna Cotta is luscious.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I have never cooked zucchini before,curious to know how it tastes! Looks great!

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice recipe

LG said...

Looks spicy ..it must have tasted great!

Peter M said...

I adore stuffed vegetables and this version is slightly different from what I grew up with but never the less - delish!

alice said...

This is a new dish to me. You are really creative!

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

We love stuffed veggies too! Last year I stuffed the round zucchinis and they were very popular...

Varunavi said...

Great job done.It is quite different stuffing compare to our usually stuffed veggies...

Maria♥ said...

This looks great and anything home-made is always better than shop-bought!

Maria
x

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Maybe one day the daughter will wake up to the glory of zucchini! I know I'd be all over this. I love the simplicity of this and all the flavors. Beautiful creative.

Maya said...

Lovely looking dish and nice gravy it has got.

Akal's Saappadu said...

slurp slurp, yummy ! this looks absolutely delicious; my kids are fussy when it comes to vegetables too, but this one, they'll finish it in no time! All of us love it, i add some white wine instead of water; your preparation looks yummm!

Meenal Mehta said...

looks awesome