Thursday, September 04, 2008

Stuffed zucchini

Not a bad way to continue purging the fridge and cabinets, although I'm totally out of pasta now! I didn't realize I was out of my favorite, linguine (didn't have any spaghetti left, either), and had to use the last of the orecchiette instead. This didn't seem quite right to me - I really had my heart set on a plate of spaghetti marinara for this, but whaddayagonnado.

I finally used up that gigantic zucchini that's been in my fridge. I halved it lengthwise and scooped out the seedy pulp in the middle, then filled it with the leftover sausage and vegetable saute from last night's pizza, with some hunks of mozz stuffed in for good measure. I was originally going to close it back together and wrap it in puff pastry, but there was too much stuffing to make a nice loaf. Instead, I sprinkled a mixture of grated parm and panko, with some garlic powder and oregano added for flave. Drizzled on a little olive oil, and into the oven until the squash was tender and the stuffing browned.

Sausage and cheese, what can't you do? Yes, it looks exactly like a low-carb version of my French bread pizza. Tasted pretty much the same too! I just sliced it into thick slabs to top a little orecchiette aglio e olio (and a the last drop of sauce stirred in).

This was such a yummy, simple dinner. Delightful for a weeknight. Until I inhaled a crumb of panko and choked for ten minutes while it scraped my epiglottis.

20 comments:

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Leftover sausage? That's something I never see. With Mr. SGCC around there's never any leftover meat in my house!

I love this dish, though. It's worth making up a fresh sausage and veg saute for. Looks great!

Manggy said...

Hey, a low-carb French bread pizza! Count me in! (okay, I know I seem totally inconsistent with the dessert-no-carb thing, but every now and then I like to be, uh, "good.")

Re: your epiglottis: Ouch. Tsk, tsk. That's what you get for making food that tastes too good! :P

Peter G said...

Sorry but I had to laugh about your epiglottis! How quickly were you inhaling?...LOL I think I would have had the dish without the pasta...

Nik Snacks said...

I'm glad you didn't put the zuke in the puff pastry. I feel as if it would have come out soggy.

I don't even know what low-carb is. Thanks for informing me. 'Cause I need my bread.

Emiline said...

Oh! Bread crumbs! They're dangerous.

Did you drink some water? Be sure to drink some water when you choke, because that always helps. ?

Nina Timm said...

OMG this looks so delicious and full of flavor!!!!!

James said...

I love the classics.

Núria said...

He, he... your epiglottis :D It seemed quite a serious post at the begining, but you finally pulled up a good laugh from my epiglottis... or pharynx... or larynx... Uf! Anywhere!!!

I love to do this same or similar recipe with eggplant and butifarra (our local sausage here) :D

kittie said...

oops - choking never good at the best of time... but it is totally humiliating to choke. On water. In front of 17 blokes at a work lunch...

...so guess what I did recently?

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

It's so funny that we are all trying to clean out our fridges and pantries right now. I am making stuffed peppers for dinner and had bought some sausage to go along with it. Guess what I am doing now? Plopping that sausage in the stuffing!!!

April in CT said...

Who knew panko could be so dangerous. It's a Japanese conspiracy!

Beautiful zucchini!

Heather said...

Susan - Haha, if I hadn't stuffed myself on that pizza I'dve just eaten the rest of the sausage with a fork.

Mark - The day I try to replace pizza crust with zucchini is the day I want you to put a bullet in my face.

Petah - I always inhale my food (bad habit), but usually not this literally.

Nikki - I think you're right. That would've been a crying shame. Besides, I feel a Welly coming on...

Emiline - A glug of cabernet sauvignon eased my pain. ;)

Nina - It was really just a nice way to use up a giant zucchini that didn't involve a quickbread.

James - Some wheels need no reinvention.

Núria - That sounds really good. I'll have to keep my eye out for a nice eggplant (don't know if we can get butifarra here, though).

Kittie - That sounds like something I would do. You didn't shoot any out your nose, did you?

Judy - I'm anticipating a wave of produce from my garden (it'll ripen any day now!), so I want to use up what I have.

April - Haha I've taken my Nipponophilia to strange new heights.

glamah16 said...

I was just thinking low carb version of french bread pizza. I like the chewiness of the orichette.

Lo said...

Great idea... except maybe on inhaling the breadcrumbs. Be careful, Heather dear!

When it comes to those monster zucchini, my brain always freezes. All I can think of is zucchini bread! This is a far healthier idea (cheese and all) :)

giz said...

I'm totally impressed with your diliigence to clear out the pantry. That's my next ambition. The stuffed zucchini looks like you sought it out specifically for this dish. Great job.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Oh... this looks fabuloso!!! Yeah, probably not a word... it's late my time.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Yumm that looks fantastic! It's funny because I actually made stuffed squash last night as well, but mine was a disaster. I stuffed mine with presoaked bhutanese red rice, which seemed like a great idea the time, but 1 1/2 hours in the oven didn't cook the rice. It's the first thing I've made in recent memory that was practically inedible. I might have to give this one a try the next time I'm in the mood to stuff a veggie

Bellini Valli said...

I love the idea of then serving this on pasta. Another delicious dish for using the green hordes of zucchini...I am always trying to find something new and different to use them up!!!!!!!!!!

cook eat FRET said...

bad ending. gld you survived - if only to entertain me.

Brittany said...

Gotsta try this one. Sausage, zuke and cheese...... you can't go wrong. Unless you inhale it.

Did the panko give you a little buzz at least?