Thanks to enCreshio, I also used panko and melted the cheese on top of it all. Cooking times were spot on for my microwave plus the steam time while prepping the sausage and onion. I used hot Italian sausage as that is what my market had. The tomato side was good too. All in all, a fairly quick and enjoyable meal. We had a couple of slices of baguette along side. Very filling.
I've made these a couple of times now, so I've learned where I like to tweak. My bf was even skeptical these would be good, but loved them too. I used panko instead of bread crumbs and I did not blend all the ingredients in the processor. Instead we put them in the boats as is and dotted with the mozzarella on top. We found blending, while did give you a homogeneous texture, didn't look as appetizing, plus we really wanted that gooey melted mozzarella you see in the pic, and you can't get that on top if you blend it all in the stuffing. Make sure you really salt your zucchini or they might taste a little bland, but don't over do it. I also used hot Italian pork sausage, easier to find in stores.
The only con we had with this recipe is that after microwaving and then broiling, the shell itself was really soft. A little too soft to keep the stuffing intact while eating. Maybe I carved too much out? We decided to serve it on top of a bed of rice and this is just as tasty.
I really liked this dish. I only had two zucchini from a CSA box, so I just adjusted the amounts of everything down. I used sweet Italian pork sausage and just diced a regular tomato instead of cherry tomatoes because those are what I had on hand. I also used shredded mozzarella instead of fresh and everything was delicious. I just reheated the leftovers for a minute or two under the broiler the next day and they were delish!Read More
We liked this okay but probably won't make it again. It was kind of bland (which might be the fault of our HUGE zucchini, which probably made the zucchini-to-filling ratio a big more than it's supposed to be). For leftovers the next day we put the tomato salad on top of the zucchini boats instead of serving it on the side, and that made things a bit more interesting (with all the flavors combined in each bite).Read More
These were delicious and I made them per the recipe with the exception of fresh mozzarella. I used shredded and it was simply delicious and I will make it again.