BLT Pesto Zucchini Boats

BLT Pesto Zucchini Boats

If you're looking for a mouthwatering and healthy summer dish that's bursting with flavor, you're in for a treat. These BLT Zucchini Boats are not only delicious but also a creative way to enjoy your garden zucchinis. Plus, they feature a special twist with the addition of our company's delectable pesto, elevating the taste to a whole new level. Let's dive into this simple yet impressive recipe that's perfect for any BBQ gathering or weeknight dinner.


  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
  • 2 plum tomatoes (seeded & diced)
  • 3 green onions with tops thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 2 slices of bacon (cooked, drained, and crumbled)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of our Specialty Pesto
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  1. Prepare the Grill:

    • Fire up your grill to medium-high heat, ensuring it's clean and well-oiled to prevent sticking.
  2. Hollow Out the Zucchinis:

    • Begin by cutting the zucchinis in half lengthwise.
    • To create a flat base for your boats, peel a thin slice from the rounded bottoms of each zucchini half.
    • Carefully scoop out and discard the centers of the zucchinis, leaving about a 1/2-inch thick "boat." Set these aside for filling later.
  3. Prepare the BLT Filling:

    • In a mixing bowl, combine our specialty pesto with the diced tomatoes, crumbled bacon, thinly sliced green onions, and panko bread crumbs.
    • Season the filling with salt and pepper to taste, keeping in mind that the bacon may already add some saltiness.
  4. Grill the Zucchini:

    • Brush the zucchini boats with a teaspoon of olive oil to prevent sticking.
    • Place the zucchinis cut side down on the grill grates, ensuring they're evenly spaced.
    • Grill covered for approximately 5 minutes, or until the zucchinis start to become tender and have grill marks.
  5. Stuff the Zucchini Boats:

    • Carefully turn the zucchini boats over using tongs.
    • Spoon the prepared BLT filling generously into each zucchini boat, ensuring they're filled to the brim.
  6. Add Cheese and Finish Grilling:

    • Sprinkle the shredded Italian cheese blend over the filled zucchini boats.
    • Continue grilling, covered, for another 5 minutes or until the zucchinis are tender, and the cheese has melted and turned golden brown.
  7. Serve and Enjoy:

    • Remove the BLT Zucchini Boats from the grill and transfer them to a serving platter.
    • Garnish with extra green onions or fresh basil if desired.
    • Serve these delightful creations immediately, and watch as your guests savor every bite.

These BLT Zucchini Boats featuring our specialty pesto are a delightful summer dish that combines the smoky flavors of the grill with the fresh taste of garden zucchinis. The pesto, combined with bacon and cheese, creates a harmonious blend of savory and creamy that will have your taste buds dancing with delight. Whether you're hosting a barbecue or looking for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner, this recipe is sure to impress. So fire up the grill, grab your zucchinis, and let's get cooking!

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