Roasted Stuffed Zucchini Recipe | PBS Food

Serve as a nice side dish with grilled meats or fish, or as an appetizer with a green salad. by Chef James Walt Roasted zucchini stuffed with tomato, onion, garlic and cheese


Yield: Makes 4 servings as an accompaniment



  • 2 lbs. small to midsize zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Japanese breadcrumbs (or substitute unseasoned breadcrumbs)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Emmenthal cheese
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Split the zucchini in half. With a spoon scrape out the seeds, digging a trough in the center of the zucchini. Blanch the zucchini in salted water until just soft, but the color still remains (about 6 to 8 minutes). Refresh in cold water. Pat dry with a towel.
  2. For the filling: Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan. Sauté the onions until translucent. Add the garlic. Remove from heat. Add tomato, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, fresh herbs and grated cheese. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Place the filling down the center of the zucchini. Place the zucchini on a nonstick baking tray and roast in the oven until the topping is lightly brown (about 12 - 15 minutes).


This segment appears in show #2717. Recipe courtesy of James Walt © 2002 James Walt
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