Courgette Boats
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Courgette Boats

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We all know how productive courgettes can be, and after giving your 12th one to a neighbour, you will need to devise a creative way to use them.

So here is one of my favourite courgette/Zucchini recipes, boats.

The recipe is simple enough and a great way to use up some spare courgettes.

Ingredients

  • Cooked Chicken – 150g/5oz per large courgette
  • Ranch Sauce – 1/2 cup per large courgette
  • Mozzarella – 1 cup per large courgette
  • Pancetta – To Sprinkle

Cooking Instructions

The Courgettes Zucchini
The Courgettes/Zucchini

Start by cutting your courgettes in half, straight down the middle.

Cut In Half
Cut In Half

You then want to scoop out the insides, leaving you with a hollow boat.

I find a regular spoon works really well here – no need to get fancy.

Scoop Out
Scoop Out

Here what they should look like once all the seeds and gubbins has been cleared out.

The Scooped Out Courgettes
The Scooped Out Courgettes

Nothing is to be wasted, these scraps are perfect to add to the compost heap!

Throw On The Compost
Throw On The Compost

Now add your chicken, ranch sauce, and half of the cheese to a large mixing bowl.

Add Your Chicken Sauce & Cheese To A Bowl
Add Your Chicken Sauce & Cheese To A Bowl

Give it a really good mix together, and then begin to spoon it into your courgette halves.

Spoon Into The Courgettes
Spoon Into The Courgettes

Heres what mine were looking like, very tasty!

All Filled Up
All Filled Up

Now take the remaining half of your cheese and sprinkle it on the top.

This is what will crisp up in the oven and give you that lovely crunchy cheese texture.

With More Mozzarella
With More Mozzarella

I like to add a little pancetta or bacon here, but this isn’t a requirement.

Add Pancetta
Add Pancetta

Pop it in the oven at 200 Celcius / 400 Fahrenheit for around 20-12 minutes.

Cooked
Cooked

And that’s all there is to it.

These courgette boats make a delicious meal all on their own, and they are incredibly simple to make, enjoy!

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3 Comments

  1. Daniel,

    You only really need to remove the seeds, not all the flesh (AKA gubbins 😂).

    Love anything like this, you can use leftovers, chicken, continental sausages (such as Kabbanos, Wiejska, Kielbasa, Chorizo), continental ham.

    For a lower fat version you can substitute half of the ranch dressing with yogurt.

    Add some roughly chopped, fresh herbs (e.g. basil, chives, chervil, coriander, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, tarragon, etc) or spices (e.g. cayenne, ground coriander, cumin, black pepper, mustard, ground nutmeg, paprika, turmeric etc)from your garden too.

    A little sprinkle of panko breadcrumbs on top will add to the texture of the topping.

    Of course, if you forget to harvest your courgettes and they turn to marrows, (as mine could end up with me being in hospital) just cook a little longer!
    😉😂

    Bon appetit! 😋

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