Mediterranean Zucchini Boats
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Recipe type: appetizer, starter, side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • 6 cherry or piccadilly tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • ½ garlic clove, finely minced
  • 5oz(150gr) fresh mozzarella, drained and finely chopped
  • 1tsp+1 tbsp fresh chopped basil
  • extravirgin olive Oil, to taste
  • freshly cracked sea salt & black pepper, to taste
  1. Cut each zucchini in half horizontally, then carefully scoop out the center of the zucchini.
  2. Place the zucchini in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water and blanch for 3-4 mins. Drain and pat dry.
  3. Place the cherry tomatoes into a bowl, season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the garlic, 1 tsp of chopped basil and a splash of olive oil. Gently mix.
  4. Spoon the tomato mixture on top of each zucchini leaving some gaps.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil a baking sheet, place the zucchini on top and bake in a preheated oven to 400F (200C) for 8-10 mins. Alternatively place on a hot grill and grill for 3 mins per side.
  6. Add the chopped mozzarella in between the tomatoes.
  7. Place back in the oven under the broiler now, and grill for 2 mins or until mozzarella is melted and gets a nice golden crust.
  8. Sprinkle with the remaining basil and freshly cracked black pepper.
  9. Enjoy!
Recipe by The Petite Cook at