For my husband's birthday dinner we decided to try something new, Giant Stuffed Squash. If you are like me than you have had times when you just couldn't get out to the garden fast enough and the squash had grown into a monsterous size. This dish is perfect for oyur garden monsters. It was a great way to use up some of our garden veggies that were too scarce to freeze and too few to cook and eat. The flavor is amazing and one 12 -15 inch squash makes enough side dishes for 8 or main dishes for 4.
1 lg. clover garlic, crushed
1/2 cup Le Garden Panko Breadcrumbs
1 giant zucchini at least 12 in. long
1 Tbl. olive oil
1 lg. onion, chopped
1/2 sweet red or green pepper, chopped
2 small carrots, diced
1/4 lb. of any veggies you have on hand
-mushrooms, kolrabi, string beans, cucumbers
1 very ripe tomato, diced
3 Tbl. tomato paste
1 tsp. ground oregano
1 tsp. ground basil
1/4 cup Le Garden Panko Breadcrumbs
1/2 lb. cheddar cheese or cheese substitute, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Beat egg with garlic. Add 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
Halve zucchini lengthwise, scrape out seed cavity, and spread egg mixture over cut surfaces. Place zucchini in a 9x13 in. casserole dish with an inch of water in the pan and steam in the oven for 10 minutes.
Heat oil; saute onions, peppers, carrots and on-hand veggies until onions are limp and transparent. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano and basil. Drain. Fill zucchini shells with veggie mixture, top with 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and cover with cheese.
Put in oven and steam for 35 minutes then cut into thick slices and serve.