Stuffed Zucchini with Spicy Noodle Stuffing
I call it The Volcano and it is one of my specialties to be honest. This stuffed zucchini is a great option in case you want to explore the exotic and create something that will remind you of a tropical island somewhere far-far away, maybe in Indonesia or even Hawaii!
The main concept was for the dish to look exactly like an abandoned island with a volcano . On the dish, the noodles are resembling the sand. The top of the zucchini resembles probably a small mountain or a small tropical forest. As for the peppers and the noodles INSIDE the zucchini, they simply resemble the hot lava that appears after the volcano erupts, along with burning rocks.
To stand up to its title, this dish HAS to taste like a burning volcano, so in case you are not keen on spicy foods, you’d better skip this recipe, or use less hot sauce (or no sauce at all).
-1 big zucchini
-2teaspoons garlic powder
-1 1/2 tablespoon salt
-2 colorful belly peppers
-4 teaspoons tabasco
-1 middle sized tomato
-2 red hot chili peppers
HOW TO MAKE IT:
Warm some water and put it into two big bowls (You will need about 2 liters of water in total for that). Place your zucchini in the bowl and let it get softer for about 5 to 10 minutes. Throw your noodles inside to get them wet and unstuck. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and stir well.
Heat the zucchini in the oven for about 5 minutes, just to make it even softer.
Chop the belly peppers and grate the garlic into powder (in case you don’t have garlic powder)
Take the water out of the bowl and place your noodles on a frying pan. Add olive oil to heat them and then add the garlic powder and the chopped slices of your belly peppers.
Cook for about 10 minutes.
Slice the tomato, in order to fit the blender and place it inside your blender, along with the chili peppers and the tabasco and half a tablespoon of salt. Blend them, until they become smooth.
Slice the upper side of your zucchini (CAREFUL: Do NOT cut a big slice of it, but only a small one) and the lower side of the zucchini. You will not need the lower side at all, so you can simply take it along with the white inside part of the zucchini , blend it and add it on your noodles to give them an even better taste. Otherwise you can simply keep the inside part of your zucchini for another recipe, such as a pie.
Place the zucchini, with its bottom part looking at your dish (you will probably need a deep plate, not a porringer, but a plate that could be used for soups etc.) and add part of the noodles as stuffing for your zucchini. In order to do so, you need to add 1 tablespoon of sauce per 1 tablespoon of noodle stuffing. Until the zucchini is stuffed, you must be left without any sauce, but only 1-2 tablespoons. Place the remaining noodles around your “volcano” and add the top part of your zucchini somewhere close to your zucchini, but not too close (remember, it should resemble a jungle, or a mountain or an abandoned island in a sea of waving noodles, next to an volcano-island).
Place 3 slices of belly pepper (from your noodles on the dish) on top of the zucchini and add the remaining sauce, making sure it will start dribbling down right after you add it. (of course as you might notice, the zucchini I used was quite big so I was left with no sauce at all in the end, but it didn’t matter that much, as what was inside made it look even more surprising to those who tasted it). Serve it immediately.
Your Stuffed Zucchini with Spicy Noodles / Volcano is ready!