Alright, ladies and gentlemen! Summer time is here and the kids are home from school. Granted I’m not a parent; however I have plenty of nieces and nephews to entertain. Let me start off by saying Google is the best assistant I could have ever asked for! Searching google, I came across the Food Network, and they listed several different “Kid Approved” cooking recipes. I decided to try one out and guess what? It was time well spent. It was the quality babysitting time I was looking forward to. The kids were engaged and excited! Not to mention it was delicious.
Try out some and let me know how it goes! I will list the recipe and URL down below.
4 medium zucchini, hollowed out, flesh reserved and chopped
2 strips bacon, chopped
1/2 cup finely minced onion
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears of corn)
2 small zucchini, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
8 small cherry or grape tomatoes
4 (4 to 6-inch) skewers
2 zucchini slices, halved
2 green onions, green parts only
Boats: Bring a medium saucepan with salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini and cook for 3 minutes until slightly tender. Remove the zucchini and set them aside to cool. Carefully scoop out the insides of the zucchini halves with a small spoon. Reserve the cored halves and the insides for the boat’s filling.
Filling: Preheat a medium, heavy saute pan over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper towel lined plate. Remove all but 2 1/2 tablespoons of bacon drippings from the pan.
Add the onion and cook it until translucent. Add the reserved zucchini filling and cubed zucchini and cook for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the corn, cilantro, tomato and stir occasionally until zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in bacon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato, corn, diced zucchini and reserved zucchini flesh and stir occasionally until the zucchini is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and bacon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Masts: Thread 2 cherry tomatoes onto each skewer and top with a half slice of zucchini. and a little piece of green onion.
Fill the zucchini boats with the filling and insert a mast in the end of each boat. Arrange the boats on a serving platter and serve.
Recipe courtesy of Marcela Valladolid