Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

I love summer, all the fresh veggies that are filling up the farmers markets and our fridges.  I am always looking for ways to utilize the fresh produce and this has become a family favorite.  Even the kids love it!

Stuffed Zuchinni

Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

1 lb. veal or lean ground beef

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely minced

5 fresh green onions, chopped

3 ribs celery, chopped

8 – 10 tomatoes, chopped or 1 large can of fire roasted tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

4 – 6 fresh zucchini, cut in half and the inside scraped out (use a melon baller), chop the part you scrape out

1 c red wine

1/2 c finely grated parmesan cheese

8 – 12 thin slices of Gruyère cheese

In a heavy bottom sauté pan, brown the onions in some olive oil.  Add the garlic and the celery and allow to cook for about 5 minutes.  Add the veal and brown.  After the meat has browned, add the tomatoes, zucchini meat, and wine.  Cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated.

Using a veggie peeler, remove one ribbon from the bottom of each zucchini half so they don’t fall over.  Place a piece of Gruyère cheese in the bottom of each zucchini then fill with the meat filling.  Top with some grated parmesan cheese and place on a hot grill.  Cook covered for about 10 minutes.  Serve immediately with a fresh salad.

NOTE:  This recipe is a great way to use any fresh produce.  We have enjoyed it with cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, and many other vegetables.  Use your imagination.

 

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