Bull’s eye!

A couple of Saturday’s ago, I walked by a vendor at the Farmer’s Market and I spotted these beauties:


Round zucchinis! The lady called them “Bull’s Eye” zucchini but I have also seen them refered to as orb zucchini.

When  I was little my mom grew these, but her’s were always green.  Last year, my friend grew them a gave me a couple. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to eat the second one in time, but it made a great Jack ‘O Lantern.

I saved the seeds but we didn’t plant them this year. I did give some to a co worker who I hope has good luck growing them.

My mom used to hollow these zuchinni out and stuff them with ground beef, tomatoes, peppers, and onions.  I did something similar with mine:


I sliced off the top of the zucchini and scraped out the inside, seeds and all.  I chopped up the inside flesh of the zucchini and set it aside.  Next, I sauteed some red onions and garlic from  my garden in a little olive oil, adding a pinch of salt and some fresh ground pepper.  When the onions and garlic were translucent, I mixed in some pasta sauce.  Now, I normally don’t buy pasta sauce for two reasons:  1) Most red sauces upset my tummy. 2) I like to make my sauce from scratch when I actually use it.  However, last time I was at at the grocery store, I spotted this Newman’s Own pasta sauce and I am in love! Anyway, I mixed about a cup of the sauce into the frying pan full of zucchini, onions, and garlic. I added a couple of chopped sprigs of basil from my garden as well. I only cooked this for a bit, just enough to mix everything together and let the flavors meld.

I stuffed the hollowed out zucchinis with the mixture and baked them in the oven on a baking sheet at 300 degrees, for about 20 minutes, or until the zucchinis were fork tender.

I topped the zucchini with crumbled Gorgonzola cheese and served it with a salad with greens from my garden and Vidalia onion dressing, a couple of slices of butter Vienna loaf, and a white wine spritzer. What a perfect summer meal!

For the record, zucchinis are my favorite vegetable. During the course of writing this blog, I have spelled zucchini in a different wrong way every time I have typed it. I also have terrible luck growing zucchini and have not been able to grow it in the last two years of gardens. Peppers however, I do an excellent job with!

Have a great day everyone and keep cooking!


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