Lamb & Ricotta Zucchini Boats

Lamb & Ricotta Zucchini Boats

When I was a young girl, sometimes my mom would make stuffed zucchini. She hasn’t made them for years, but this week when I received Zucchini in my FFTY box, I thought of them, and decided to give whipping up something similar a chance. I didn’t want to go in the same direction as the Stuffed Bell Peppers I made last week – so instead of using rice, I decided to use up some of day-old No Knead Bread I had left over.  

Because zucchini’s have a lot of moisture, and I didn’t want to add any extra moisture, I decided to salt and drain the zucchini beforehand – it was a tip that I had seen on the kitchn recently, which was definitely one of those Aha! moments for me – like “duh… of course you can salt and drain zucchini”. Next time I want to hollow out zukes though, I’m going to throw on a movie and do it earlier in the day. It took me a little longer than I thought it would. 

zukes

I also think I may have hollowed them just a little too far, since they didn’t hold their shape as well as I might have hoped after baking, but they were still absolutely delish. Anyhow – unlike other stuffing style dishes I’ve made – this time I did not toast the bread crumbs – the bread crust was chewy enough to add some texture, and the softer pieces absorbed the moisture and melded beautifully with the other ingredients. 

Bread Cubes

Ingredients: 

  • 6 Zucchini
  • 3 cups day old bread cubes
  • 1 lb Ground Lamb
  • 1 small Red Onion; diced
  • 4 cloves Garlic; finely minced
  • 1/4 cup Catsup
  • 1/4 cup Ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs Butter
  • 1 tbs Fresh Rosemary; finely minced
  • 1 tbs Fresh Thyme; finely minced
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt + more for zucchini prep

Method: 

  • Wash and cut the zucchini in half. 
  • Lay each zucchini halve, cut side down, on the cutting board, and use a paring knife or peeler to cut a piece of the skin off to create a flat platform for each boat to lay on.
  • Flip Zucchini’s over, and scoop out pulp
  • Generously salt each side of the zucchini’s and place on a rack over the sink to drain for 1-2 hours
  • While the zucchini are draining, assemble the stuffing. 
  • Melt the butter over medium heat in a skillet
  • Add the onions and saute until translucent
  • Stir in the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and remove from heat
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the onion mixutre, lamb, bread cubes, ricotta, catsup, 1 tsp of Kosher salt and egg
  • Refrigerate atleast 1 hour
  • When ready to stuff, preheat oven to 350° and pat each zucchini boat dry with a towel
  • Scoop stuffing in to the zucchini, and place on a oiled baking sheet
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until stuffing is golden brown. 

scooped onion and herbs Mixing the stuffing Stuffed and Ready for the oven 

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