It’s that time of the year when I start to see plenty of photos pop up on social media of friends who are overrun with fresh zucchini from their garden. As someone who has a major black thumb and can barely keep simple herbs alive, I must admit that I am always slightly jealous of all that overabundance of zucchini! Now that’s a problem I wouldn’t mind having. To make up for my lack of a flourishing vegetable garden, I tend to buy copious amounts of zucchini each week at the grocery store. It makes me feel like I’m in the same boat.
So whether you have too much zucchini from your garden or go a little crazy while food shopping, these caprese stuffed zucchini are the perfect way to put your supply to good use. Hollowed out zucchini halves are baked until tender and then stuffed with a mixture of couscous and classic caprese components: tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. The zucchini are popped back into the oven just until the cheese is melted, and then finished off with a generous drizzle of balsamic glaze. The combination makes for a nice light meal or a great summer side dish.
The cook time for the zucchini will vary slightly based upon their exact size and your personal preference. I like my zucchini tender but still a touch crisp, while my husband prefers them super soft. You can adjust the bake time as needed to get them to your liking. You can also play around with the amount of mozzarella cheese, adding more or less as desired.
As for the filling, if your cherry tomatoes are on the large size, go ahead and quarter them instead of halving. This will help distribute the tomatoes more evenly throughout the mixture.Print
Tender stuffed zucchini filled with couscous, tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil, then finished with a balsamic glaze.
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