Zucchini Baskets with Creamy Smoked Chicken
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Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Main Course
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Mediterranean
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 6 round zucchinis
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Half of the zucchinis flesh, diced
  • Salt, pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • Olive oil for sautéing
For the Sauce Mornay
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 vegetable stock jelly
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp corn starch dissolved in 2 tbsp of dry white wine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated Metsovone cheese or any other smoked cheese
  • Salt, pepper
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp paprika
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Cut the zucchinis in half.
  2. Cut their stems on both sides and with a spoon empty their flesh leaving half inch from the skin.
  3. Place them clean part downwards to a steamer and steam for about 12 minutes.
  4. Remove from steamer and put them immediately in very icy water to stop them from continuing to boil.
  5. Cut their flesh in small cubes and keep half of it.
  6. The other half either discard it or place it in the fridge for another use.
  7. In a skillet pour couple of tbsp. of olive oil and sauté the veggies until somewhat soft.
  8. Remove and set aside.
  9. In the same skillet pour some more tbsp. of olive oil and sauté the chicken in strong fire until it is almost done.
  10. Add the vegetables and boil for couple of minutes.
  11. Turn off fire and set aside.
  12. Preheat oven to 175°C/350°F.
For the Mornay Sauce
  1. In a pot pour the milk and butter and bring to gentle boil.
  2. Pour the cornstarch, salt, pepper, paprika and nutmeg and whisk until the sauce starts to thicken.
  3. Remove and throw the egg after you have tempered it.
  4. Whisk vigorously and add the cheese.
  5. Put the pot to stove again and lower heat to low.
  6. Let the cheese melt completely and then pour the sauce to the veggie/chicken.
  7. Mix to incorporate and start stuffing the zucchinis.
  8. On top sprinkle some more grated Metsovone cheese.
  9. Place them in a pan and bake for about 20 minutes.
  10. Turn the broiler on and broil for 5 minutes or until a golden color is set on top of them.
  11. Let them cool for 5 minutes and serve.
Recipe by Culinary Flavors at http://www.culinaryflavors.gr/zucchini-baskets-with-creamy-smoked-chicken/