Zucchini Boats


4 Medium Zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise

Olive oil, for brushing

1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

3/4 cups cooked rice

2 Tablespoons tomato sauce

2 Tablespoons chopped black olives

2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil

2 dashes hot sauce, optional

1/2 teaspoon Paula Deen's House Seasoning (below)


Paula Deen's House Seasoning

1 cup salt

1/4 cup freshly ground pepper

1/4 cup garlic powder

Mix and store in air tight container for up to 6 months


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brush the cut sides of zucchini with oil and place, cut side down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, until tender. Using a teaspoon, gently scoop the flesh from the zucchini into a medium bowl, being careful to keep the skin intact. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees. Add 3/4 cup of the cheese, rice, tomato sauce, olives, basil. seasoning and hot sauce if desired, mix well. Fill each "boat" with mixture and garnish with remaining cheese. Bake until melted and filling is heated through, approx. 10-12 minutes.

Makes 4 "boats"