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How do you make zucchini boats?

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To make zucchini boats, slice a zucchini in half, and hollow out the center of each half, leaving a 1/4-inch wall to hold the filling. Add filling to the hollow centers, and bake the zucchini halves until the filling is cooked and the zucchini is tender.

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Finely chop the pulp of the zucchini from the hollowed-out portion, and add it to the filling of your choice. For example, make Taste of Home's zucchini boat recipe by browning 3/4 pound of ground beef. Stir the chopped pulp into the beef, along with 1 chopped onion, 1/2 cup of chopped mushrooms and 1/2 cup of chopped red bell pepper. Cook the mixture until the vegetables are tender.

Drain any excess oil, and stir salt, pepper, 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and 2 tablespoons of ketchup into the beef mixture. Spoon the stuffing into 4 prepared zucchini shells placed in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle the top with another 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, and bake the boats for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Alternatively, combine 1 chopped tomato with the pulp of 2 large zucchini and 1 teaspoon of basil leaves. Stir 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 10 crushed buttery crackers into the mixture. Spoon the filling into the zucchini shells, and top the boats with 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella. Bake the boats for 15 minutes at 375 F.

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