Total time: about 1 hour
2 zucchini (10 inches long)
¼ cup dry sherry
Cinnamon Tomato Sauce
2 Tbs olive oil
1 cup chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
2 Tbs tomato paste
3 ½ cups chopped tomatoes with juice (28-ounce can)
1 tsp minced fresh oregano (1/2 tsp dried)
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
2 to 4 Tbs dry sherry
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 cup chopped onions
1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
1 Tbs olive oil
¾ to 1 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts*
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup currants
3 Tbs fresh lemon juice
2 cups cooked brown rice
dash of olive oil (optional)
grated feta cheese
fresh oregano leaves (optional)
*Toast walnuts in a single layer on an unoiled baking tray at 350˚F for 5 to 10 minutes, until fragrant and golden brown
- Preheat the oven to 375˚F. Lightly oil a baking sheet.
- Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise. With a paring knife, score the flesh about ½ inch deep. Place the cut sides down on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with the sherry and cover with foil. Bake for about 20 minutes, until yielding but still firm.
- While the zucchini bakes, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onions and garlic, and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano, cinnamon, and sherry. Bring to a boil; then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and set aside.
- While the sauce simmers, prepare the filling. Sauté the onions and garlic in the oil for about 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent. In a bowl, combine the sautéed onions with the walnuts, feta, currants, and lemon juice. Stir in the rice.
- When the zucchini is tender, use a spoon to scoop out the flesh, leaving a thin ¼-inch shell. Chop the flesh and add it to the filling. Mound the filling in the shells and sprinkle with olive oil, if desired. Bake, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes, until hot.
- To serve, ladle some of the tomato sauce onto each plate. Place a stuffed zucchini on the sauce and top with grated feta. Garnish, if you wish, with oregano leaves.