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Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 1/2zucchini
Prep 35 mins Grill 8 mins
Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata
Ingredients
  • 4  medium-large zucchini (6 to 7 ounces each)
  • 2  tablespoons  lemon juice
  • 4  teaspoons  olive oil
  • 3  large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1  recipe Bacon Gremolata
Directions

1. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out centers to form 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick shells; set aside.

2. In a small bowl stir together lemon juice, oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Brush insides of zucchini shells with lemon mixture. Place shells, cut sides down, on a lightly greased grilling tray.

3. For a charcoal grill, grill zucchini on grilling tray on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 5 to 7 minutes or until cut sides start to brown. Turn zucchini; grill for 1 minute more. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Place zucchini on grilling tray on grill rack over heat. Cover and grill as directed.) Using hot pads, remove tray from grill.

4. Spoon Bacon Gremolata into zucchini shells, mounding slightly and pressing down lightly. Return to grill. Cover and grill for 2 to 4 minutes more or until zucchini is crisp-tender and cheese starts to melt.

Bacon Gremolata
Ingredients
  • 16  slice  bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and finely crumbled, or 1 cup finely chopped Canadian-style bacon
  • 1  cup  finely shredded Parmesan and/or Romano cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/4  cup  snipped fresh basil
  • 1/4  cup  finely chopped pepperoncini salad pepper or fresh jalapeno chile pepper*
  • 4  teaspoons  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 2  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2  teaspoon  black pepper
Directions

1. In a small bowl stir together bacon, cheese, basil, pepperoncini, lemon peel, garlic, and black pepper.

Nutrition Facts (Zucchini Boats with Bacon Gremolata)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 168,
  • Fat, total (g) 12,
  • chol. (mg) 25,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 5,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1,
  • Trans fatty acid (g) 0,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 11,
  • sodium (mg) 731,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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