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Dirty Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Summer squash comes early here in Florida since our growing season ends in June and doesn’t start back up until September.  These round zucchini (dubbed Eight Ball Zucchini) are available at my local farmer’s market and are great for stuffing. I like to stuff them with dirty rice and ground hamburger.  The zucchini is a nice compliment to the spicy dirty rice. It also makes for a complete meal that is fun to eat.  I will admit that I cheat and use Zatarain’s Dirty Rice, but I do plan on researching some from-scratch dirty rice recipes soon.

stuffed zucchini with rice

Dirty Rice Stuffed Zucchini

  • 4 round zucchini summer squash
  • 1 box Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
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Preheat oven 375 degrees.  Season ground beef with salt and pepper.  Brown in a large skillet until no pink remains.  Drain.  Prepare dirty rice (adding ground beef) according to package directions.

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Cut off the tops of the zucchini and scoop out seeds.  Place in baking dish prior to filling.

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Stuff the insides of the zucchini with the dirty rice mixture.  Depending on the size of your zucchini, you may have some rice left over.  Brush outsides and tops of zucchini with vegetable oil.  Place tops back on zucchini.  Sprinkle with salt to taste.

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Bake 30-40 minutes or until zucchini is tender.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!

stuffed zucchini with rice

Dirty Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 round zucchini summer squash
  • 1 box Zatarain's Dirty Rice Mix
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.  
  2. Season ground beef with salt and pepper.  Brown in a large skillet until no pink remains.  Drain.  
  3. Prepare dirty rice (adding ground beef) according to package directions.
  4. Cut off the tops of the zucchini and scoop out seeds.  Place in baking dish prior to filling.
  5. Stuff the insides of the zucchini with the dirty rice mixture.  
  6. Brush outsides and tops of zucchini with vegetable oil.  Place tops back on zucchini.  Sprinkle with salt to taste.
  7. Bake 30-40 minutes or until zucchini is tender.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!

Notes

Depending on the size of your zucchini, you may have some rice left over. Serve on the side or eat separately.

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