01 April 2009

I'm NOT kidding (even if it is 1 April)

This what I served my family for dinner last night.

Those are Zucchini boats stuffed with tomato, onion, & potato, topped with Parmesan.

Star and Dandelion refused point blank to eat them. So I went back to the kitchen. 15 minutes later I plopped one chunk of these down in front of them.

You can have it, I said, after you eat the zucchini.

And you know what, they did eat the zucchini. Fudge, the original miracle worker.

recipe approximations:

Zucchini Boats
Heat the oven to 400, put a large cookie sheet in there to preheat. Cut three or four zucchini lengthwise after cutting off the end. Scoop out the insides with a melon-baller or spoon. You can use this for another recipe, so stash it for later. season the zucchini with salt and pepper and a bit of oil. Also peel and cut up three potatoes (1/2 inch cubes). Put these in a bowl, pour a bit of oil on the (1 t?) and some oregano and garlic powder and toss with spoons to coat. When the oven is hot put the zucchini on the heated cookie sheet skin up, dump the potatoes around them. 10 minutes later, take the zucchini out. and another 10 minutes later take the potatoes out.

While the zucchini and potatoes bake, heat a little oil in a skillet. While it is heating, chop a medium onion as finely as you dare. Cook it in the hot oil until softened and glassy looking--about 5 mintues. While that is cooking, chop up a few tomatoes or open up a can of petit diced ones. Add the tomato to the softened onion. Season with basil, salt, whatever suits your taste.

Add the roasted potato to this mix, check again for seasoning and adjust if you need to. Fill the zucchini boats. top with a few pinches of parmesan and microwave for a minute to melt the cheese. Served 4 at my house (two adults and two kids).

Search through the house until you find 16 oz. of semi-sweet or bitter chocolate. Start some water boiling on the stove in a sauce pan or the bottom of a double boiler. If it isn't already in small pieces, break/chop chocolate up. In a heat-proof bowl or the top half of a double boiler, toss with 1/2 t. baking soda and a bit of salt. Heat until melted, and then mix with a can of sweetened condensed milk. When thoroughly combined add in nuts or marshmallows if desired. pour into an 8x8 pan lined with foil and refrigerate to set. Cut into 1.5 inch chunks to serve.


suz said...

despite my dislike of zucchini, i think i might actually try this recipe...

kat said...
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kat said...

Both look delicious. And more importantly the site of all those vegetables might make my roommate start convulsing.

Mary Ann said...

Oh! I forgot something. If you make the Zucchini boats, make sure not to hollow out too much--don't get closer to the skin than 1/4 inch. If you do the boat will totally fall apart.

Kris Farrar said...

Good for you! I'm a big proponant of "you get what you get" and believe it or not...eventually, they grow to like a wide variety of foods. I call it missionary training. BUT, I am also not opposed to bribery... a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down!

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Karin said...

they look delicious and I LOVE zucchini! thanks for sharing!