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French Stuffed & Baked Round Zucchini

Easy stuffed round zucchini with minced meat and French flavors. Kid-friendly, family dinner for every table. Secretly healthy too.
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: European, French
Keyword: zucchini
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

Zucchini (courgettes)

  • 5 round zucchini hallowed and cut in half
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh dill heaping
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Pinch of salt to taste

Stuffing

  • 18 oz (1 pound/500) minced meat
  • Zucchini flesh from hallowed zucchini finely chopped
  • 1 onion head large
  • 1 bell red pepper finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dill minced
  • 1 tbsp basil leaves minced fresh
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose seasoning or salt & black pepper to taste

Instructions

Zucchini (Courgettes)

  • Wash zucchini under cold water, cut out bottoms and cut in half. Then hallow out to approx.. ¼ inch flesh rim (the thinner, the better) - using knife or spoon. Set aside zucchini flesh for stuffing or alternatively cut in cubes and freeze for future use.
  • In a small bowl combine olive oil, garlic, dill and salt and mix well. Then brush zucchini halves with the mix using cooking brush.
  • Place zucchini on baking paper / non-stick surface and bake in preheated oven until almost cooked (200C/400F). Check regularly with fork. In the meantime move to prepare stuffing.

Stuffing

  • In large stove pan / saucepot place olive oil and minced meat. Sauté until meat changes color while stirring frequently to prevent stacks (approx.5 min).
  • Then add chopped zucchini flesh, onion, red bell pepper, dill, basil, seasoning and herbs and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and let simmer until almost cooked (approx. 15 min). Add a little bit of water if needed to prevent burning.
  • Once stuffing is cooked, fill in each zucchini round with it (heaping). If stuffing seems ‘’water-y’ – that’s even better - that way meal will not get dry when placed in the oven.
  • Place stuffed zucchini in baking dish and bake until top stuffing gets crispy (approx. 10 min) on the oven on 200C/400F.
  • Serve immediately or while still warm.
  • OPTIONAL: Sprinkle with shredded grana Padano cheese while still hot/warm.