Keto Friendly Zucchini Skins aka Zucchini Boats

Keto zucchini skins with bacon, cheese, sour cream and tomato

These quick and easy little โ€˜boatsโ€™ are the perfect replacement for the traditional potato skins. This appetizer or side dish comes together so fast and has very little clean up. Iโ€™ve made them 3 times this week! Another great thing about these boats is the versatility. Zucchini is pretty much a blank slate and works well with lots of flavor combinations, so get creative and add your favorite toppings because these boats wonโ€™t sink.

Step 1 - hollow out the zucchini using a spoon

Step 1 - hollow out the zucchini using a spoon

Step 2 - lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper then bake for 12 min

Step 2 - lightly brush with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper then bake for 12 min

Note - these are the 2 spices I used but feel free to get creative โ€” maybe add some cumin or onion powder

Note - these are the 2 spices I used but feel free to get creative โ€” maybe add some cumin or onion powder

Step 3 - Add cheese and bacon then bake for another 5 minutes

Step 3 - Add cheese and bacon then bake for another 5 minutes

Step 4 - Add your favorite toppings. I added sour cream and diced tomatoes. Jalapenos, diced onion or chives would also be good options.

Step 4 - Add your favorite toppings. I added sour cream and diced tomatoes. Jalapenos, diced onion or chives would also be good options.

Ingredients

Yields - 4 pieces or boats
1 medium sized zucchini - cut into 4 halves (see first photo)
3 cooked bacon slices - crumbled
1/4 cup grated cheese - your choice, I used sharp cheddar
1/4 cup olive oil - divided among all 4 pieces of zucchini
Paprika - to your taste
Garlic Powder - to your taste
Salt and Pepper - to your taste
Sour cream - 1 teaspoon per half
4 cherry tomatoes - diced

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350
Wash the zucchini and trim off both ends. Cut zucchini in half crosswise then in half again longways. See first photo for illustration.
Using a spoon gently scoop out the center of each boat. Leaving some of the โ€˜meatโ€™ still on the skin. Drizzle olive oil over all 4 boats. I use a little brush to coat both sides.
Sprinkle salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder on the inside of the boat. Place on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
Remove from the oven, add on your cheese and bacon. Place back in the oven for another 5-8 minutes.
Removed finished zucchini boats from the oven, add sour cream and tomatoes.

Serve and enjoy!