I love growing Zucchini because it is so easy to grow. If you have ever tried it, you probably also found that once it gets going it can get out of hand. You may have even found yourself with a few giant sized zucchinis. The green ones tend to loose some of their flavor but are still good for breads, cookies and cakes. This year I tried the Yellow Zucchini and found they retain their flavor even when large which makes them a better choice for stuffing! After a recent harvest I found myself with a 16 inch yellow zucchini so I decided to try it with my Turkey Sausage stuffing mixture. It was fabulous!!!
Zucchini Stuffed with Turkey Sausage
Makes about 6 Servings
- 1 large zucchini (about 12 inches, yellow zucchini tastes better)
- 1 lb. Turkey Sausage
- ½ c chopped onion
- ½ T minced garlic
- ½ c chopped celery
- ¼ c chopped bell pepper
- ½ c fresh pureed tomatoes
- 1 egg
- 1 c cooked brown rice
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2/3 c Fresh grated Parmesan Cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cut zucchini in half lengthwise
- Clean out seeds and puncture pulp with a fork several times
- Combine remaining ingredients except cheese
- Fill each half with mixture, mounding towards edges
- Place zucchini in a large pan with about one inch of water in bottom of pan
- Bake about 45 minutes until tender
- Sprinkle with cheese
- Broil for about 5 minutes until cheese melts and turns golden
- Remove and let cool a few minutes.
- Slice and serve
- Freeze well
- Add a drop of Oregano essential oil to mixture for added boost of flavor and health benefits.
It is always nice having leftovers so I can have something quick for those days I’m just too busy to prepare a healthy meal. I sliced up the remained and put some in the refrigerator and some in the freezer. We warmed up and ate the refrigerator pieces about five days later and it tasted just as good as the day I made them. We haven’t had the freezer pieces as yet so I’ll have to get back to you. I am curious to see how well they hold their shape as well as texture and taste.
Well the frozen pieces baked up very well and kept all the flavor of the original unfrozen pieces! They were softer so can easily fall apart on you if you aren’t gentle in getting them out of the pan.