Is Zucchini the same as Green Italian Squash?by Kathy Bullerman on Dec. 08, 2011, under Main Dish, Pork, Poultry, Quick Meal Ideas
The answer is YES. Actually the zucchini is a member of the cucumber and melon family. It was developed in Italy centuries ago. The word “zucchini” comes from the Italian word “zucchino” meaning small squash; however the ones I grew in the garden got a little over sized. This is a question that intrigued me when I moved to Arizona. My family grew up calling it “zucchini” ~ which the only time we ate it was in a hot dish that my mother made and only my father and her ate it. My brothers and I didn’t like it at all. The markets and grocery stores in Tucson call it Italian Squash.
As I grew up, I came to the realization that I couldn’t live off of junk food the rest of my life and found that if prepared properly, I like zucchini! I came up with this recipe last summer and we eat it quite frequently. It is really versatile, you can throw whatever you have in the refrigerator in the mixture! It’s great for “cleaning out” the crisper!
SAUSAGE & CHEESE STUFFED ZUCCHINI OR GREEN ITALIAN SQUASH:
3 – Zucchini (cut in half lengthwise)
1# seasoned chicken sausage or seasoned pork sausage (I just buy the Hot Chicken Italian Sausage @ Sprouts and take it out of the casing)
1 cup Italian Bread Crumbs
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped red bell or green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (fresh is the best)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Trim stems from zucchini and slice lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and put in bowl. Mix seeds with sausage, garlic, bread crumbs, and additional vegetables and Parmesan cheese. Stuff squash with sausage mixture and place in 9×13 inch baking pan. Pour sauce over squash and cover pan with foil.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until sausage is cooked. Remove foil and cover with mozzarella cheese. Cook until cheese is melted.