Stuffed Zucchini with Cheesy Breadcrumbs

Stuffed Zucchini with Cheesy Breadcrumbs Recipe
These stuffed zucchini are sure to be a favorite at any gathering. Overflowing with artichoke hearts, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts these are hearty enough to be served as vegetarian main dish.
6 servings (serving size: 1 zucchini half)

Ingredients

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3 (1.3-ounce) slices day-old whole-wheat bread
3 medium zucchini
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons dry white wine
5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind

Preparation

Hands-on: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Place bread in a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form. Set aside.

3. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Chop pulp. Place zucchini halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

4. Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini pulp and onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, artichoke hearts, thyme, and garlic; cook 45 seconds. Add wine; cook 1 minute or until most of liquid evaporates. Combine breadcrumbs and onion mixture in a large bowl; stir in cheese and remaining ingredients. Spoon 1/2 cup breadcrumb mixture into each zucchini shell. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until just tender.

Created date

May 2011

Nutritional Information

Calories 177
Fat 12 g
Satfat 2.8 g
Monofat 5 g
Polyfat 2.3 g
Protein 6.9 g
Carbohydrate 13.6 g
Fiber 3.8 g
Cholesterol 9 mg
Iron 1.6 mg
Sodium 343 mg
Calcium 107 mg