Stuffed! Cookbook Review
|Title:||Stuffed!: The Art of the Edible Vegetable Boat|
|Published:||July 17, 2018, Race Point Publishing|
|No. of Pages:||176|
|Cover Price:||$25.00 Hardcover, $11.99 Kindle|
While most of us think of stuffing zucchini or green peppers with filling and baking them, this excellent cookbook, Stuffed!: The Art of the Edible Vegetable Boat by Marlena Kur, takes stuffing veggies to new heights. She includes raw vegetables like peppers and cucumbers and stuffs them with crunchy cold crudités, as well as eggplants, sweet potatoes, squash, mushrooms, baked potatoes, avocados, tomatoes, zucchini, and fruits stuffed with both hot and cold fillings. Many of Kur’s ideas are unique and innovative; this cookbook has ideas for both weeknight family dinners and entertaining.
Some of the cold recipes can double as salads; the stuffings include hummus and vegetables, a Greek salad combo, and even one containing falafel. These cold stuffed vegetables are not only delicious, but also very attractive and would go well on a buffet.
Because Kur’s stuffed items are based on vegetables, most are quite healthy. That doesn’t, however, make them unappetizing. The stuffings are delicious, and any hostess would be happy to serve almost any one in the book. Who knew there were so many ways to stuff fruits and vegetables? There are ideas here for every season, too. Summer, with garden produce is a given, but since most vegetables are available year round, there are scrumptious ideas for fall, winter, and spring dishes. Obviously Kur has a great imagination, and those of us readers who happen to purchase her book are one step ahead of our peers with new, fun dishes.
The recipes are well-written and easy to follow, and there is something here for everyone: a few over-the-top trendy healthy dishes like Chia Pudding Papaya Boats, Southwestern Quinoa and Black Bean Baked Tomatoes, and Quinoa, Mushroom, Spinach, and Tomato–Stuffed Eggplant Boats with Turmeric Tahini, classic dishes such as Zucchini Pizza Boats, Baked Potato Boats with Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Bacon, and Shepherd’s Pie Potato Boats. Trendy boats include Shakshuka Tomato Boats, Hummus and Crudités Bell Pepper Boats, and Broccoli and Tahini–Stuffed Potatoes.
While most of the dishes are fairly easy, some have a long list of ingredients – not a problem, but also not as fast. Most of the dishes are worth it, however, and the time spent creating will draw oohs and aahs. These dishes are fun and anyone who wants something different. While Stuffed! may not be a good choice for those who hate to cook or don’t like to entertain, it is perfect for those of us who do.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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