Hassleback Zucchini & Squash Italiano

Maybe you’ve seen hassleback potatoes, but have you ever seen Hassleback Zucchini? This simple roasting method allows space for salami and mozzarella to tuck in, making this a delicious and hearty side dish.

Ingredients

 4 medium zucchini and/or yellow squash
 1 lb fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
 8 oz thinly sliced salami
 1 tsp Italian seasoning
 1 tbsp Armanino Grated Parmesan Cheese
 ground black pepper, to taste
 ½ cup Armanino Basil Pesto, thawed

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Cut squash width-wise at ¼-inch intervals, being careful not to cut all the way through the bottom (see tip). Place on prepared pan. Bake 15 min. or until softened. Remove from oven and let cool until vegetables are safe to handle.

3

Tuck mozzarella and salami slices alternately in slits of squash. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, Parmesan and pepper. Bake 5 to 6 min. or until mozzarella is melted and salami is slightly crisp. Drizzle with pesto before serving.

Chef’s Tips

The Hasselback trend started with potatoes but can be used on a variety of firm vegetables. To help prevent your knife from cutting all the way through the squash, place 2 wooden spoons, chopsticks or skewers on either side of the vegetable. Your knife will hit the spoon before going all the way through to the cutting board.

Ingredients

 4 medium zucchini and/or yellow squash
 1 lb fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
 8 oz thinly sliced salami
 1 tsp Italian seasoning
 1 tbsp Armanino Grated Parmesan Cheese
 ground black pepper, to taste
 ½ cup Armanino Basil Pesto, thawed

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2

Cut squash width-wise at ¼-inch intervals, being careful not to cut all the way through the bottom (see tip). Place on prepared pan. Bake 15 min. or until softened. Remove from oven and let cool until vegetables are safe to handle.

3

Tuck mozzarella and salami slices alternately in slits of squash. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, Parmesan and pepper. Bake 5 to 6 min. or until mozzarella is melted and salami is slightly crisp. Drizzle with pesto before serving.

Hassleback Zucchini & Squash Italiano
Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins

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