Stuffed Zucchini / Victory Prima Pils
I think I make too many stuffed vegetables--Stuffed zucchini, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed peppers, stuffed tomatoes. It's just a really easy and fun thing to do. You make up a tasty mixture and then stuff and bake. You can't go wrong as long as it's stuff you like. So, usually when I've seen people make stuffed zucchini, they cut them lengthwise. I do it like this because they are bite-sized and I can arrange them on a plate with my other stuffed veggies.
I thought about pairing them with something malty to go with the ground beef but decided to go for something crisper and hoppier since the zucchini makes it a light and bright dish. I tried them with Lagunitas New Dogtown Pale Ale and with Victory Prima Pils. The pale ale was a bit too hoppy for it, but Prima Pils complemented it just right.
1 lb ground beef
2 tbsp butter
1/4 tsp garlic powder
3/4th cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
salt to taste
Cut the zucchini into 1 inch pieces. Scoop out the top of each cylinder to make it into a little bowl. Heat some oil on a pan and cook the onions and ground beef with some salt and pepper. Combine the ground beef with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl. Arrange the zucchini onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with some olive oil and salt. Stuff each one with the ground beef mixture. Add some extra mozzarella cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 15 to 20 minutes until the zucchini is tender.