Pre-Rapture Dining- Ricotta stuffed squash

It is Saturday May 21 at 11:00 am.  This may be my last blog post since I expect to be part of “The Rapture” at 6.  I suspect some of you may already be busy with “The Rapture” if you are in a different time zone, so I will make this post brief.

People have asked me what my pre-rapture meal would be. Well I hate to say it but I have been too busy asking forgiveness for my sins to really plan the meal.  I did have some zucchini I bought at the local farm store. Since I walk every morning, I decided to walk to Publix and pick up some things for a nice, down home, pre-rapture meal.  I would make Ricotta Stuffed Squash. That sounded suitable.

The interesting thing about the recipe is how long I have had it.  The title on the index card is hand written by me. The rest of the recipe is….are you ready for this?....I almost hate to say it….
It is typed. Yes, typed, like on a “typewriter”! I apparently wasn’t the best typist in those days as there are several typing errors. No spell checks or cut and paste and I guess I was out of “white out”.

In any case, I love this meal. It is simple to make but it did take several pans/bowls.  I just popped them in the dishwasher and didn’t worry too much about it.  I serve this with Roasted Garlic and Parsley Linguine that I picked up at Marshall’s on discount.  Ragu is my store bought Italian spaghetti sauce of choice (I like the one with mushrooms, gourmet that I am!)

The meal wouldn’t be complete without a nice glass of Red wine, but not too much or I might miss “The Rapture” My choice was a nice Cabernet but a Zinfandel would be good too.

Genesis 19:30-38 - Lot was so drunk he did not know what he was doing; this led to immorality.
I will just have one glass.

Proverbs 23:32 - Alcoholic drinks bite like a serpent, sting like an adder.
Ok maybe I should stick with grape juice.

41) Jeremiah 35:2-14 – The Rechabites drank no grape juice or intoxicating wine and were blessed.
Shoot, no grape juice either? Who are the Rechabites anyway? Does this pertain to me?

Isaiah 19:14 - Drunken men stagger in their vomit.
 I am a woman, so no worries here.

Luke 21:34 - Drunkenness will cause a person not to be ready for the Lord’s return.
Water it is. I will put the wine down until after “The Rapture”

I hope you will have a chance to try this before “The Rapture”. If not, I am sure we can make it in heaven.

Ricotta Stuffed Squash
8  zucchini (6in long) squash ( crookneck or large pattypan work too)
1 tbl butter
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced
1 10 oz package spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and chopped (or 10 oz fresh spinach, steamed, chopped and squeezed dry)
2 eggs
1 lb part skim ricotta (2 cups)
¼ cup good quality parmesan
1 tbl chopped fresh parsley
½ tsp each salt, oregano and dry basil( I use chopped fresh basil)
Italian tomato sauce

Trim ends of squash and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and part of the pulp, leaving the shells about ½ inch thick. Steam them until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes (alternatively you could steam them briefly in the microwave). Plunge in cold water to stop the cooking, drain and reserve.

Heat the butter in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is limp. Add the chopped, squeezed spinach to the onion mixture and cook one more minute. Let cool.

In a bowl, combine the eggs with the ricotta, stirring until blended. Stir in the parmesan, parsley, salt, basil, oregano, pepper and spinach mixture. Mix it all together then mound filling inside the zucchini (about 3 tbl per squash).

Arrange filled zucchini in a shallow baking dish.  You could brush a little melted butter on each but I didn’t. I sprinkled a little fresh parmesan on top instead. If made ahead, cover and refrigerate. 

Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes (If previously refrigerated, bake them for 30 minutes) until they are piping hot.

While they are cooking warm the Italian spaghetti sauce and cook the linguine. Serve the shells topped with some sauce. Mix sauce into the Linguine and serve on the side.  A nice piece of garlic bread would be good too.  You can have a nice glass of wine at risk of missing “The Rapture”.

8  servings.