Summer is here and the time is right to go overboard with summer squash recipes! One of my go-to summer meals is the zucchini boat, which can best be described as a sort of “flatbread” with a long slice of zucchini standing in for crust.
If you’re unfamiliar with zucchini boats, let me tell you why they are dreamboats:
They’re easy to make and almost couldn’t require any less preparation.
Many variations are low carb and/or gluten free.
Unlike a real boat, zucchini boats are extremely budget-friendly.
They’re completely customizable. You can top your zucchini base with any fixin’s that float your boat (see what I did there?!).
They’re scalable. Pop one in the oven for yourself or prep a full fleet for a crowd!
Now that you know the ropes, here are 10 recipes to get you started. Here’s hoping it’s smooth sailing!
Let’s start simple. This first boat resembles garlic bread, but with zucchini subbing in for the bread. For some extra zest and texture, add sliced tomatoes on top. A close cousin to this recipe uses mozzarella in place of Parmesan. While this changes the flavor game, I recommend waiting to add the mozzarella until the last five minutes of oven time so that its melty gooey-ness doesn’t get too out of control. Get the recipe.
Armed with tomatoes, cheese, and any toppings you desire, it’s easy enough to improvise a simple red pizza atop your zucchini. But if you’re interested in trying your hand at a white pizza, check out this recipe, which calls for stuffing your zucchini with ricotta, mozzarella, garlic, and a blend of spices. Get the recipe.
Ground chicken and zucchini are the new peanut butter and chocolate — there are endless ways to combine this delicious duo. To get you started, here’s a recipe that only requires four ingredients: zucchini, chicken, wing sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Or for more of a “chicken parm” variation, swap the wing sauce for pasta sauce and garlic. Get the recipe.
Now we’re getting fancy. Since this recipe requires the additional step of preparing a sauce, it’s a bit more labor intensive. But I imagine that the commingling flavors of peanut, sesame, chili, coriander, garlic, and ginger will reward you for your efforts. Get the recipe.