With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Zucchini Boats with Sausage & Brown Basmati Rice

Monday, August 5, 2013

Zucchini Boats with Sausage & Brown Basmati Rice

Zucchini Boats with Sausage & Brown Basmati Rice


1 1/2 cups cooked brown Basmati rice
1 tsp. butter (optional)
4 large zucchini
1 Tbs oil
6-oz sausage, casing removed (I used breakfast sausage; Sweet or hot Italian sausage or other favorite will work too)
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 Tbs white wine
2 medium tomatoes, seeded, chopped and blotted dry
salt ( 1 tsp) and pepper (1/2 tsp) or to taste
1 tsp. fresh thyme
2 Tbs fresh basil
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3-oz fresh Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
pasta tomato sauce for serving (optional)

Cook rice according to package directions (I add 1 tsp. butter the the water)

While rice is cooking, wash and trim just a bit of the end of zucchini leaving stem end intact.  Slice in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp.  Chopped pulp and set aside. Place shells into 9x13-inch baking dish. (I had to use an additional baking dish to hold all eight shells)

Heat pan to med-high heat.  Add oil and sausage; cooked until browned.

Add chopped onions; cook until onion is softened.  Add garlic and cook another minute.

Add splash of wine, zucchini pulp, tomatoes salt and pepper, thyme and snipped basil.  Cook a few minutes over med-high heat until most of the liquid is reduced.  Remove from heat; cool slightly.

Stir in Parmesan cheese and the cooked rice.

Spoon filling into zucchini shells.  Top with fresh Mozzarella.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Serve with tomato sauce on the side, if desired.

27 comments:

Phyllis said...

Yummy!

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like a great recipe! I've used stuffing before, the rice sounds like a lighter choice:@)

Kristina said...

That looks delicious. I hope to get zucchini next season. This year, our garden was flooded out by rain.

Pattie T. said...

What a great tutorial! These look yummy.

Debbie Petras said...

I seem to leave your blog ...hungry! :) These look very good. Your photos are so good too.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

lindsey said...

I love your recipe posts...I actually love all your posts :)

Debby Ray said...

Oh this looks wonderful...I can almost taste it now! I will be trying these :P

Pondside said...

That looks very good - and I've just been given a bag of zucchini!.....

Blackberry Lane said...

Oh boy, all of my John's favs.

Maria said...

Oh these look wonderful! The stuffing sounds delicious! I've been making so much zucchini this summer too, it's one of my summer favorites!

Barbara F. said...

Recipe is right up my alley! Looks beautiful, love your food styling and photos, Lorraine. xo

Susan said...

Oooooooo, those look SO GOOD, LDH. Lucky hubby! You are such an awesome cook. Can I move in there? hee hee Susan

Maryann said...

It is zucchini time and I am always looking for new recipes using them...this looks like a winner

Suzanne said...

Looks so yummy-would like to make a vegan version:-)

Ann said...

I pinned this one, it looks so good. I'm going to try it this weekend

Leslie said...

Oh my, your zucchini boats look wonderful!!! I'm always searching for new fresh sides for our meals!
Blessings,
Leslie

EMMA said...

Sounds fantastic. I love the way your recipes have simple ingredients that are easy to come by, and that the end result always looks amazing.
We have lots of zucchini in the garden this year. Will be trying your boats out later in the week.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, these look delicious. Pinning this one because I will definitely be trying them.

Just a little something from Judy said...

We are still being given zucchinis from the neighbor's garden, so thank you for sharing this delicious looking recipe. You are so kind to share all the steps with pictures.

Viv said...

I have zucchini here in the fridge most of the time and made in many ways before...but just not into a boat! this is so fancy and cute!

corners of my life said...

I try really hard to like zucchini.
This could be the day . . .

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a great recipe, Lorraine! I saw the first zucchini growing in my garden and I'm sure I'll have more than I know what to do with soon. Now I know what I'm doing with some of them :)

Carol Z said...

This looks good. Lots of squash around for this.

P.S. I gave your blog name to a woman from Land of Lakes. We were chatting about blogs with great food photos.

Irina said...

This is really lovely! What a wholesome and healthy summer meal. I've seen stuffed zucchinis all over foodblogs but for some reason I've never tried making them myself! Maybe it's about time.

Irina @ www.wander-crush.com

Irina said...

This is really lovely! What a wholesome and healthy summer meal. I've seen stuffed zucchinis all over foodblogs but for some reason I've never tried making them myself! Maybe it's about time.

Irina @ www.wander-crush.com

Karen said...

What a great idea. This would be good for Sunday dinner!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

oh my gosh, this looks wonderfully delicious.

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