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June 14, 2012

Greek-Style Stuffed Zucchini

Moosewood Restaurant New Classics

  • This stuffed zucchini recipe makes the most of this abundant summer squash. Michelle Riley/HSUS

Serves 4

2 zucchini (courgettes) (10 inches (25cm) long)
1/4 cup (60ml) dry sherry

Sauce

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup (225g) chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
3 1/2 cups (790g) chopped tomatoes with juice (28-ounce can)
1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-4 tablespoons dry sherry
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Filling

1 cup (225g) chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely chopped, toasted walnuts
1/2 cup (115g) crumbled extra-firm tofu (preferably herb-flavored)
1/4 cup (60g) currants or raisins
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups (450g) cooked brown rice
1/3 cup (75g) seasoned bread crumbs (optional)
1 dash olive oil (optional)
fresh oregano leaves (optional)

Zucchini preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).

Slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise. With a paring knife, score the flesh about 1/2 inch (1.25cm) deep.

Place the cut sides down on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Sprinkle with sherry, cover with foil, and bake for about 20 minutes, until zucchini flesh is yielding but still firm.

Sauce preparation

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a saucepan, add the onions and garlic, and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.

Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano, cinnamon, and sherry, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the salt and pepper to taste, cover, and set aside.

Filling preparation

While the sauce is simmering, prepare the filling. Sauté the onions and garlic for about 10 minutes, until the onions become translucent.

In a bowl, combine the sautéed onions with the walnuts, tofu, currants, and lemon juice. Then stir in the rice. 

When the zucchini is tender, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh, leaving a thin, 1/4-inch (6mm) shell. Chop the flesh and add it to the filling.

Mound the filling in the shells and sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs and olive oil, if desired.

Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes.

Ladle some of the tomato sauce onto each plate. Place a stuffed zucchini on the sauce and top with crumbled tofu. Garnish with oregano, if you wish.

Recipe adapted from Moosewood Restaurant New Classics cookbook.

Nutrition

All figures are per serving (assumes four servings).

Calories: 780
Fat: 45 g
Carbs: 63 g
Fiber: 14 g
Protein: 21 g
Sodium: 946 mg

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