Stuffed Zucchini wrapped in Ham; the update

Our house painter has gone back across the pond, the job finished.

Well, almost.

Mon mari still has to finish the shutters and windows.

The shutters were in pretty good condition, just in need of minor repairs, a good scraping and some fresh paint.

We decided to stain the windows darker as well.  They were all originally the color of the door – which hasn’t been done yet.

We don’t have shutters on the door… They were in very bad shape, so when we replaced the door we got one with bars on the window.  Shutters are for security as well as keeping warmth in during winter; sun out and cool in during summer.

Very useful things, shutters.  Can’t imagine a house without them now.

Since the windows were off and the shutters open, I took a photo of the view from the windows on the side of the house.

The sunflowers are blooming…..


It was fun cooking for three again – like in the old days….

However, apparently, I failed to inspire a universal love of vegetables in our son.

Most of my suggestions were met with a minimum of enthusiasm.

He loves asparagus and spinach, but will only tolerate carrots and zucchini.

Or so he thought…..

A little creativity can do wonders for an indifferent palate.


2 medium zucchini (courgette)
2 small tomatoes, sliced, then cut into strips
2 tbs snipped chives
2 tbs snipped basil
2 tbs shredded Parmesan
2 slices Prosciutto or other dry-cured ham, cut in half, the long way

Cut each squash in half the long way. Using the tip of a small spoon, scrape out the seeds and a bit of flesh, leaving about 1/3″ (1cm) all around. Divide and spread the herbs, tomato, and cheese into each of the halves.
Wrap each half slice diagonally around a squash half, tucking the ends under the squash. Place on a baking sheet and bake, 400F (200C) for 30 minutes.

He loved it.

Actually, there was a comment about anything being good stuffed with Parmesan and wrapped in Prosciutto.

I rest my case.

10 thoughts on “Stuffed Zucchini wrapped in Ham; the update”

  1. I love it when I can tempt a reluctant appetite with something unexpected. Brava! The house looks great and the views are to die for. I’d *never* close the shutters, even to keep out the heat – it’s too pretty looking out.

  2. What a timely recipe! I have three giant zucchinis from a friend. Apparently they are spilling out his door and he can’t get rid of them. Like Tribbles.

  3. ahhhhhh, living the sweet life in southern France.
    Fabulous villa (with a new paint job), beautiful vista, really delicious looking food…

  4. I’d probably eat a *brick* if you wrapped it in Parmesan and Prosciutto. 😉 Then again, I *like* zucchini. Husband is terrified of them. I’m not sure the cheese and ham/bacon would change his mind either.
    More for me! 😉

  5. Zoomie, it is a nice feeling, and he loved it.
    Katie, we always close them against the afternoon sun on hot days – have to!
    brassfrog, come visit – you paint, don’t you? Lay tile?
    Ina, they were good…. and thanks. It’s coming together.
    Val, he wasn’t fooled – he was happy, tho 😉
    Laurie, well…. yeah, me too. Too bad about the hubs – or lucky for you!

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