As you can tell from my posts, I am not exactly what you'd call a "vegetarian" cook... i.e. so many recipes call for Italian sausage, or pork tenderloin, etc.! A friend of my daughters is vegetarian and has come over for dinner on several different occasions, so I have had to come up with some meatless dishes. I have to say, this one came out really yummy and I finally made something without pasta!
All the ingredients were things I had on hand:
½ a Vidalia onion, chopped
a handful of mushrooms, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tbs butter
roasted red peppers
cheese for the topping
salt and pepper
Chop up your onion, mushrooms and garlic. Slice the zucchini lengthwise and with a melon baller or spoon, scrape out a "trough" down the center. Set the scrapings aside as they will go into the stuffing.
Saute the onion and garlic in a small amount of butter. When they become transparent, add the mushrooms and the scrapings from your zucchini.
Time to throw in a handful of croutons and about ½ cup of some sort of shredded cheese.
The croutons will absorb the extra liquid. Sprinkle in some dried basil, salt and pepper, and a little Parmesan cheese.
I began with a slice of roasted red pepper....
Next I add the stuffing, followed by the cherry tomatoes....
Now, I had this really yummy basil and garlic cheese that I sliced and put on top, but please feel free to use whatever you have on hand (anything except American cheese! I think that would ruin the flavor!)
Pop into a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.
This was absolutely delicious as is, but I think it would be interesting if you got a bit adventurous and drizzled the tops with either some kind of pasta sauce or even a little bit of Caesar dressing...go for it!
As with all of my meals, I hope you know that you can always substitute or eliminate ingredients if you don't have them. As long as you use the herbs/garlic/onion/crouton mixture (which are the basic flavors), you could add meat , different cheeses, or other veggies....absolutely. Experiment!