Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

Author: Canadian Living

This slow-roasted dish is ideal for using up garden zucchini before they get too large. Stuff them loosely so the rice can expand as it cooks. Look for a robust sausage with lots of flavour.

  • Portion size 6 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: August 2006

Ingredients

  • 6 zucchinis (about 3 lb/1.5 kg)
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup parboiled rice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

Method

Trim ends of zucchini; halve lengthwise. Using melon baller or small spoon, hollow out centre, leaving 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick walls. Finely chop 1 cup (250 mL) of the pulp; place in large bowl.

Squeeze sausage meat from casings into chopped zucchini. Add onion, garlic, rice, lemon rind, oregano, cinnamon, salt, pepper and allspice; mix well. Divide among 6 zucchini halves; top with remaining halves. Arrange with 1 cut side up in 13- x 9- inch (3 L) glass baking dish.

Combine tomatoes and tomato paste; pour over zucchini. Cover with foil; bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 1 hour. Uncover and bake, basting occasionally, until rice is tender and almost no liquid remains, about 1 hour. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Reheat in 350°F/180°C oven for 40 minutes.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 6 servings:</b> about

  • Sodium 808 mg
  • Protein 15 g
  • Calories 326.0
  • Total fat 18 g
  • Cholesterol 40 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 28 g

%RDI

  • Iron 19.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 18.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 9.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 12.0
  • Vitamin C 15.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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