Zucchini is quickly moving up the ranks at our house to favorite vegetable. I’m having to buy more of it, and more often. It goes on the grill, in our pasta, in the oven, in the microwave – basically anywhere I can warm it.
Because everyone seems to love it at our house, I decided to use this to my advantage – I created a zucchini boat. This takes the bread out of a recipe that seems like it should have bread and replaces it with a vegetable. Similar to our bacon crusted pizza, where we take the pizza dough out of the picture and replace it with bacon. This just replaces it with a vegetable.
Can you tell that this one was my idea, not Kevin’s?
Prepare the Zucchini for Stuffing
Start by slicing the zucchini in half lengthwise and then use a small spoon to scoop out the seeds and some of the “meat” in the middle.
As you can see in this picture, you want to make it thin enough to be able to really add some goodness in, but thick enough that it will stay together while cooking.
I’d recommend leaving at least a 1/2 inch of zucchini. Play it safe the first time.
Stuff the Zucchini Boats with a Cream Cheese Filling
Blend your cream cheese and other ingredients to create the stuffing.
After the zucchini innards have been scooped out, then you will gently spoon in the cream cheese mixture. Feel free to really stuff these guys. It may ooze slightly, but oozing has never hurt anyone.
Then sprinkle with cheese. Because…it just seems like you should. I used a mozzarella and Parmesan mixture on these particular boats.
Grill the Zucchini Boats
Set up your grill for either indirect or low heat.
You want to grill the boats for about 20 minutes until the zucchini is fork tender and the cheese is melted, bubbly and a little browned. Do not rush these guys. Take your time and they will turn out great.
These little guys turned out fantastic! This was the first of what I imagine will be many many more fillings I will create with these boats.
What would you stuff a zucchini boat with?
If you have an idea for a filling to share – I’d love to hear!
Grilled Zucchini Boats Stuffed with Cream Cheese
- 3 zucchini's - sliced long ways and the insides scooped out.
- 1 block low fat cream cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
- 1/2 tablespoon salt
- 1 tsn pepper
- 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese
- Mix the cream cheese, sundried tomatoes, salt and pepper and green onion. Mix well.
- Scoop out some of the inside zucchini half and fill with the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
- Grill indirectly for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the zucchini softens. Serve immediately.