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The sweet old man up the road brought me a huge zucchini. I'm afraid because of its size it won't taste great. What should I do with it????

asked by kimhw over 3 years ago

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Susan W

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added over 3 years ago

My mom used to split them lengthwise, scrape the seeds and some of the middle out and stuff it with a good meat sauce, bake it and grate parm on top. I still do this, but with the little ones. I think stuffed zucchini was popular in the seventies. :)

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added over 3 years ago

Make zucchini bread.

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Pegeen

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added over 3 years ago

I wish he lived up the road from me. Make
papoutsakia
(just google it)
Greek for little shoes. I think it's normally made with eggplant boats but zucchini would be fine too.

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Susan W

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added over 3 years ago

Ha! I'll bet this is where my mom got her stuffed zuc idea. We're Greek. I'll have to ask her.

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Pegeen

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added over 3 years ago

This will give you the general idea. A little bit of work, but they're delicious!
http://www.saveur.com/article...

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added over 3 years ago

A friend with a large garden slices "baseball bat" zucchini length wise into slices, grills them on both sides , and then uses them instead if lasagna noodles...very tasty

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added over 3 years ago

Melissa Clark's Zuchinni Tian (http://www.nytimes.com...) uses up a fair bit of zuchinni and is delicious to boot. The Kitchn's Zuchinni Butter also reduces a huge zuchinni to reasonable amount of spread (http://www.thekitchn.com...)

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QueenSashy

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added over 3 years ago

Here is a classic from Julia Child. Make sure you scoop the seeds out https://food52.com/recipes...

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added over 3 years ago

Zucchini chocolate cake is my favorite way to use up zucchini. There are lots of recipes online, but I've tried this one (minus the frosting) and it's delicious: http://www.kingarthurflour...

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added over 3 years ago

When in abundance, I grate and freeze zucchini in muffin tins. Then I can take a puck or two out, thaw and drain whenever I want some. Aside from quick breads and muffins, I really like to brown it a bit and scramble into some eggs for breakfast.

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added over 3 years ago

I am not sure if I am right about this, but I think overgrown zucchini may be the same as "marrow" in the UK (or at least is interchangeable with it?)--so maybe if you look for British recipes for "marrow" you will find something...I suppose it's big enough that you can experiment...

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added over 3 years ago

They're different cultivars of the same species, Cucurbita pepo.
Zucchini/courgette are C. pepo var. cylindrica, marrow is USUALLY C. pepo var. fastigata, which is also the same cultivar as 'spaghetti squash'.

In the USA, spaghetti squash usually have yellow or off-white skin, while marrows in the UK and the rest of Europe are generally off-white, light green, or dark green, often with stripes or variegation.

In other words, I really don't think you can go wrong.

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added over 3 years ago

I had this problem last night...I made zucchini soup! I cooked 1/2 onion + 2-3 cloves garlic in olive oil, then added the chopped up monster zucchini, water to cover and 1 parmesan rind. I cooked until the zucchini softened then blended (after fishing out parmesan rind) with my immersion blender. I added a lot of basil chiffonade, white pepper, a bit of salt, and the juice of 1/2 lemon. I served with a dollop of plain yoghourt, a drop of extra virgin olive oil and more basil. No leftovers.

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