Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stuffed Zucchini with Cheesy Breadcrumbs


Stuffed Zucchini with Cheesy Breadcrumbs

3 (1.3-ounce) slices day-old whole-wheat bread
3 medium zucchini
3/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons dry white wine
5 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind

Preheat oven to 350°.
Place bread in a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form. Set aside.

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Chop pulp. Place zucchini halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini pulp and onion; saut√© 5 minutes. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, artichoke hearts, thyme, and garlic; cook 45 seconds. Add wine; cook 1 minute or until most of liquid evaporates. 

Combine breadcrumbs and onion mixture in a large bowl; stir in cheese and remaining ingredients. Spoon 1/2 cup breadcrumb mixture into each zucchini shell. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until just tender.

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