Monday, June 25, 2012

Sausage Stuffed Grilled Zucchini

This satisfying zucchini dish is perfect for summer days - very filling and VERY delicious!

Sausage Stuffed Grilled Zucchini
Recipe modified from Our Best Bites Cookbook

1 large zucchini (overgrown)
extra virgin olive oil
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1 lb. Italian turkey sausage
1/2 c. diced red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large tomato, diced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 c. shredded pepperjack cheese
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Slice zucchini in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the centers; be sure to leave at least 1/4" around the edges and bottoms.
Reserve half of the insides; rough chop and place in a bowl.
Drizzle the zucchini centers with olive oil and rub it into all sides with hands or a paper towel.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

With grill on medium heat, place zucchini hollow-side down.
Grill for about 10 minutes; they should have nice grill marks and look tender on the inside.

Meanwhile, cook sausage with onions until no longer pink.
Add the garlic, diced zucchini centers, bell pepper, tomato and seasonings.

When zucchini is done, flip them over so the hollow side is up and divide the filling between the two halves.
Combine cheeses, and sprinkle evenly over halves.
Close the grill lid and turn off heat, leaving zucchini until cheese melts.

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