Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
  • 8 ozs. Italian sausage, hot or sweet
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram or thyme, crumbled
  • 1/4 fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
  • 1 egg

Directions

Place zucchini halves in large saucepan and weigh them down with small plate. Cover with boiling water. Simmer over low heat 6 to 8 minutes or until almost tender. Drain and refresh zucchini under cold water.
With spoon, scoop pulp from zucchini, leaving 1/4 inch border all around. Chop pulp coarsely and drain in sieve. Invert zucchini boats onto paper towels to drain.
Remove and discard sausage casings, break up meat; saute in heavy skillet over moderate heat 5 minutes. Add onion, parsley, basil and marjoram; cook until onion is soft, about 5 minutes; stir in zucchini pulp. Remove from heat and stir in bread crumbs, egg, 2 tablespoons cheese, salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 350°. Fill zucchini boats with stuffing. Place in baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 35 to 45 minutes, until lightly browned.
Variation on a Greek classic.

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