Stuffed Tatume Squash

Stuffed Tatume Squash

This is a spicy dish that resembles stuffed zucchini, except that you substitute Tatume squash for the zucchini. The subtle difference in flavor between the Tatume squash and zucchini makes for a unique and flavorful twist on stuffed zucchini. Hot chiles add more zip to the dish. A meal in itself!
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Step 2

    Cut Tatume squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the flesh in the center, leaving about 1/3 inch of the shell. Dice or chop the flesh in a food processor and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Step 3

    Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add jalapeno pepper, serrano pepper, parsley, lemon-pepper, oregano, and red pepper flakes; saute for 1 more minute. Add vegetables to diced squash.
  4. Step 4

    Add pork sausage and ground beef to the hot skillet; cook and stir until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add meat mixture to the vegetable-squash mixture. Mix in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper until the filling is well combined.
  5. Step 5

    Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Add diced tomatoes and red pepper sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and remove from the heat.
  6. Step 6

    Pour a ladleful of sauce into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Fill one squash shell with the filling, making a large mound on top. Place in the baking dish and repeat with remaining squash and filling. Pour remaining sauce into the dish, and sprinkle the stuffed squash with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Step 7

    Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and bake until squash is fork-tender and cheese is lightly browned, about 10 more minutes.
  8. Step 8

    Garnish with fresh basil and serve.