It is zucchini season and everyone knows what that means…time to get creative! Zucchinis are prolific, the produce and produce and produce. I started my zucchini season simply, I added baby zucchinis to veggie grill basket, I roasted some of it, and I threw it in some pasta. Then I went on vacation and when I returned there were behemoths in the garden.
Now what!? Well we started the giant zucchini noshing session with these simple boats. The filling is rather scalable and just about any of the ingredients can be subbed. I supplemented the ground beef and rice with a smattering of veggies I had lying around, but you could easily use different ones. You can also use any variety of ground meat or grain.
This is a great meal that can be prepped entirely ahead of time which would also make it a great camping meal. If I were camping or cooking on an open flame without a lid I would make foil tents.
Grilled Zucchini Boats.
4 large zucchini (about 1 lb each)
1/2 lb 5% fat ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1/2 t of each of the following: granulated garlic, fresh oregano, paprika, kosher salt, fresh cracked black pepper
1 C jasmine rice, cooked
2 small carrots, peeled and grated
10 grape tomatoes, quartered
1 medium kohlrabi, peeled and grated
1 jalapeño, seeded and deveined, optional
1 C shredded cheese (I used swiss)
Brown ground beef with onions and spices. Remove from heat and place in a large mixing bowl. Add all of the vegetable and 1/2 cup of cheese. Mix to combine thoroughly.
Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and gently scoop out a trench in the middle with a spoon, making a trough for your filling. Chop one quarter of the removed zucchini and add to the meat filling. Mix to combine. Carefully fill each boat with 1/4 of the filling. Top each boat with 1/4 of the remaining cheese.
Preheat grill to high and turn off one of the burners (or move coals to one side). Place zucchini boats over the cool side of the grill and cover. Roast for 40-60 minutes, checking every ten minutes after the first 20. If you are using charcoal be sure to watch as your cook time may vary. Serve with your favorite sauce or gravy!
*You can also cook these in the oven, covered at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Remove foil and cook 15 minutes more.