Turkish Zucchini Gondola

 

Another exciting Mediterranean recipe from my sister in-law Guelevren, made from zucchinis carved like, well, gondolas.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tomatoes, peeled & chopped
  • 8 zucchinis, cut in half long way
  • 3 red peppers, chopped
  • 1 Anaheim or banana pepper, chopped
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 lbs of ground soy meat
  • ½ t black pepper
  • ½ t paprika

Instructions:

Heat a large saute pan with 1 T of olive oil on medium heat.  Place zucchini halves cutside up on the pan. Add 2 T of water, and cover.  Cook for 3-5 minutes. Remove from pan, and cool.  Scoop out the middle of the zucchinis, and set them aside.

Reheat the saute pan with 1 T of olive oil on medium high heat.  Add tomatoes and stirfry for 2-3 minutes until they are smashed completely. Add the scooped out zucchini insides. Lightly salt.  Remove from pan and set aside.

Reheat the saute pan with 1 T of olive oil on medium high heat.  Add chopped onions, peppers, with 2 T of the sauteed tomato (or 1 T of tomato paste).

Add ground soy meat into onion pepper mix and cook for an additional 1 minute. Add black pepper, paprika, and salt to taste.

Stuff the mixture into the zucchinis.  Place zucchinis into he tomato sauce in oven-safe ceramic or glass container.

Sprinkle shredded mozarella cheese on top.

Bake at 400°F until melted cheese is golden brown, approximately 25min.

 

 

 

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