Summertime often means two things to me (well more than two, but two food things), fresh vegetables and seafood.Â Sure you can have seafood pretty much anytime of year, but unless you live by (or relatively close) to the ocean, you may not quite “get” the binding of summertime and seafood, as those of us that spend (way too much) time at “the shore.”
Anyway, I found this recipe for Zucchini stuffed with Crab Meat, and since I was on a roll after making Ratatouille last week, I decided to give it a whirl.Â Plus it really is quite simple to make, and you can cook it indoor or out, so if you don’t feel like firing up the oven, just throw it on the grill (on the top grate or away from direct heat) and enjoy.
You will need 2 thick Zucchini’s, sliced lengthwise, with the center scooped out (leaving about 1/4 in shell), and chop the insides.Â 1/4 cup chopped Onion, 1/4 cup chopped Green Bell Pepper, 2 cloves of Garlic chopped fine and 1/4 cup chopped celery.
Take your chopped vegetables and toss in the frying pan with a tablespoon of Olive oil and cook until the vegetables are soft (about 10 minutes).
While the vegetables are cooking, in a large bowl combine, 1/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon basil, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of Thyme.Â When the vegetables are done add them to the bowl along with 8 oz of Crab meat.Â Mix together.Â You can add a little lemon juice or clam juice if the mixture is “too dry” according to the recipe, but I found I really didn’t need it.
Take Stuffing and fill shells of Zucchini, sprinkle a touch of Parmasean Cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes (or until Zucchini starts to get soft).
The book says to serve immediately, but I found that it is just as tasty even cooled down (leftovers).
See nothing to it.Â You’ll have to believe me when I say, I am better with the cooking than I am with the “presentation” or with the camera, so they will look (and taste) better than the picture I took above.
So what does summertime dining mean to you?