Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Zucchini Boat Meatloaf

Zucchini boat meatloaf.  Photo by CookinBug

Each day I receive an online recipe from  Allrecipes.com.  This is one that I received recently.  We like zucchini and we like meatloaf, so I tried this.  I thought I would share the recipe with you.  Zucchini Boat Meatloaf

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  • 1 large zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef sirloin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (26.5 ounce) can spaghetti sauce, divided
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Scoop out and discard zucchini seeds, leaving the hollowed-out shells. Sprinkle the garlic salt into the hollowed-out zucchini, and set aside. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion and garlic until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs, basil, carrot, and Parmesan cheese together with the onion mixture. Stuff the zucchini halves with the meat mixture, and place them into a baking dish. Spoon about half the spaghetti sauce over the zucchini, covering all the meat and allowing sauce to drip down the sides of the zucchini boats.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the meat is no longer pink in the center and the zucchini are tender, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the zucchini, and return to oven until the cheese melts, about 5 more minutes. Heat the remaining spaghetti sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat while the zucchini boats are cooking. Serve the zucchini boats with the additional sauce on the side.
These and a hot crusty loaf of French bread will make a quick and tasty supper on one of these evenings. Perhaps you are tired of holiday foods and would like a little something different. 

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