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September 2, 2022

Zucchini Farci

Zuchini farci ready to bake
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Zucchini Farci

Zucchini farci baked to golden brown

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In French, farci means "to stuff."  This dish is traditionally made with ripe tomatoes from the garden in the south of France.  But an equally impressive and simple dish is Zucchini Farci. Made with end of the season zucchini, it is a delicious transition into fall.  Zucchini farci are light and easy to digest yet satiating.  The farci soaks up the water from the zucchini creating a divine combination.

Ingredients

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Zucchini, as many as you will want to serve- usually 1 per person

Four cloves of fresh garlic ( or to your liking) minced

One medium onion minced

1/2 pound minced pork

1/2 pound minced veal

Fresh parsley  about 1/4 cup

2 ounces of tomato paste

1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese

3/4 cup breadcrumbs- fresh if possible

Optional 1/4- 1/2 cup of white wine

Instructions

1. Put about a teaspoon of olive oil in a baking dish and rub it around to coat the dish.

2. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise.

3. Using a spoon (a teaspoon, tablespoon, or a grapefruit spoon; all work well), Hallow out the insides of the zucchini to create a "boat." Keep the zucchini pulp. 

4. Arrange the zucchini in the baking dish with the open side up.

5. Heat one to two tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Cook the onion in the oil until soft but not browned.

6. Add the garlic and cook for about a minute.

7. Add the meat and cook it until it is browned. While the meat is cooking, use a spatula to break up the meat so there are no large pieces.

8. Add the zucchini pulp, tomato paste, and wine and cook for 5 - 10 minutes until well combined. You can skip the wine if you like; it adds another layer of flavor. 

9. Turn off the heat and add the parsley, bread crumbs, and parmesan cheese.

10. Add sea salt or Celtic salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. Mix well.

11. Spoon the mixture into the zucchini.

12. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes or until browned.

 

 

Notes

If you have leftover farci filling, freeze it, and then you can make zucchini farci very quickly.  You can also use the stuffing for tomato farci.

I usually make tomato and zucchini farci at the same time.  When you do this, you will also add the tomato pulp to the farci mixture in addition to the zucchini pulp.  This makes the farci a little moister.

Watch for a tip on freezing

Tomatoes farci ready to bake

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