Italian Zucchini Boats Mozzarella Tomato Basil The Petite Cook easy quick Recipe

Mediterranean Zucchini Boats

Course: Appetizer, Side, Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: The Petite Cook
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  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">6 cherry or <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="or " data-mce-bogus="1">piccadilly</span> tomatoes thickly sliced</span>
  • 1/2 garlic clove finely minced
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"><span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">5oz</span> <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">150gr</span> fresh mozzarella, drained and finely chopped</span>
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"><span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">1tsp</span>+1 tbsp fresh chopped basil</span>
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1"><span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">extravirgin</span> olive Oil to taste</span>
  • freshly cracked sea salt & black pepper to taste


  • Cut each zucchini in half horizontally, then carefully scoop out the center of the zucchini.
  • Place the zucchini in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water and blanch for 3-4 mins. Drain and pat dry.
  • 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.
  • Spoon the tomato mixture on top of each zucchini leaving some gaps.
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Drizzle with olive oil a baking sheet, place the zucchini on top and bake in a preheated oven to <span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="to " data-mce-bogus="1">400F</span> (<span class="hiddenSpellError" pre="" data-mce-bogus="1">200C</span>) for 8-10 mins. Alternatively place on a hot grill and grill for 3 mins per side. </span>
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Add the chopped mozzarella <span class="hiddenSuggestion" pre="mozzarella " data-mce-bogus="1">in between</span> the tomatoes.</span>
  • <span class="mceItemHidden" data-mce-bogus="1">Place back in the oven under the broiler now, and grill for 2 mins or until mozzarella <span class="hiddenGrammarError" pre="mozzarella " data-mce-bogus="1">is melted</span> and gets a nice golden crust.</span>
  • Sprinkle with the remaining basil and freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Enjoy!