I credit a cosmic alignment bringing serendipity as the impetus behind this recipe. A friend of mine over at Nerd Fitness posted something a few weeks ago he was calling a grenade – from what I can remember, it involved baked globe zucchini stuffed with some sort of ground meat. It sounded delicious, but since I had no pretty balls of zucchini on hand, I pushed it out of my mind.
And then this week the stars aligned and my CSA gave us beautiful, round zucchinis the perfect size for stuffing plus ground pork. Serendipity.
This recipe makes a fantastic light dinner for two, with enough innards left over for at least 1 lunch, maybe 2.
A note on sausage: I’m using a really nicely flavored sweet pork sausage here I’ve been getting from my CSA (order form). It’s fan-freaking-tastic. I would suggest swapping in the best sweet Italian sausage you can find.
Paleo, gluten-free, Whole30 if you source your sausage well
Paleo Stuffed Globe Zucchini
2 round zucchini
1 lb. sweet pork sausage
4 cloves garlic
2 smallish potatoes
4 roma tomatoes
1 green bell pepper
1 tsp. ground coriander
1 tsp. thyme
Kosher salt & black pepper
Preheat your oven to 375F. Set your largest pan over medium heat and add the sausage.
While the sausage starts to cook, peel and dice the garlic and shallots. Add to the pan and give everything a stir, breaking up any huge sausage lumps.
Dice the potatoes and add to the pan. Stir.
Chop the pepper. Add to the pan and stir.
Chop the tomatoes. Add to the pan and stir.
Cut the tops off the zucchini. Using a large spoon, scoop the innards out of the zucchinis, being careful to not puncture the sides. Chop the innards and add to the pan. Stir.
Add the coriander, thyme, a big pinch or two Kosher salt and a few cracks black pepper to the pan. Stir and taste for seasoning. Add more if necessary.
Stuff the empty zucchini with the sausage mixture, replace the zucchini tops, and place in a baking dish. Add a little water to the bottom of the dish. Cover with foil.
Bake 1 hour, or until the zucchini is soft.
Serves 2 for dinner, with enough sausage mix left over to supply 1 – 2 lunches