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I discovered a zucchini bat hiding in my garden. 4.5lbs! I doubled the recipe. On one half I also added ground hot Italian sausage crumbles to your recipe. The other half no sausage. I have to say that both sides were amazing!! This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thank you!
I’m so glad you liked the stuffed zucchini Heather!
Joining in from the countryside in France where I am awash in supersized courgettes. This is a lovely recipe, and it makes a fine lunch. I prettied it up with a grating of parmesan, and a few halved cherry tomatoes arranged insouciantly on top.
Thanks to the person in the comments who pointed out zucchini relish. I have not only my own baseball bats, but my English neighbour’s cricket bats to deal with, as they asked me to cull their garden while they were elsewhere, and I turned my back on their zucchinis for a day too long!
Can you believe it – I can’t find zucchini large enough for this recipe!!!! I just HAD to try it so I had to use slightly smaller zucchini but I was glad I decided to use about one cup of seasoned bread crumbs (homemade) instead of the croutons because I could really pack the filling in!
We haven’t tired of zucchini yet this summer! This is a great use for overgrown ones, along with all the other vegetable in abundance this time of year. Our rule of thumb is to choose medium-sized zucchini and squash that feel heavy for their size. Their flavor is fully developed and their flesh is still tender.
Just tried this tonight. Very easy and quick to prepare. I used smoked mozzerella and yellow cherry tomatoes (my 7yr old’s choice)and wheat bread. My husband loved it! I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for this recipe!
This recipe looks very nice and certainly taste very, very good. I tried to cook it and my family was impressed by the taste, the look was not very nice, but in the end taste counts more. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Elise: Am I eating the big zucchini when I cut into this meal or am I just using it as a boat and only eating the stuffing? Are these bat-sized zucchini as tasty as the banana sized ones I always buy? I’ve always turned down the offer of huge zucchini fearing bitterness and wood-y-ness. Thanks!
Hi Crystal, Yes you eat the whole zucchini, with exception perhaps of the woody stem end. The seeds might be big and tough, which is why you scoop them out. If they are not tough or bitter you can mix them back in with the stuffing if you want. The big zucchini bats that we find in our garden haven’t been bitter so far. ~Elise
Thanks for the link love!
This recipe looks SO good – like all things awesome baked in zucchini! And I’m all over your chocolate zucchini bread. : )
Another favorite recipe is the Zucchini Cilantro Soup with Chile and Mint from Deborah Madison’s Local Flavors, which is thickened with a pureed corn tortilla. It’s crazy good.
When did you plant your zucchini, is it a summertime veggie? I live in Fl. and it gets hot here, although it’s been hot all over the country this year! I make stuffed zucchini using grd. turkey and rice with a tomatoe sause that is really good! Very spanish, with olives and cumin. MMMMgood!!
Yes, most places zucchini is a summertime veggie, though I think in Florida it gets too hot in the summer and it’s easier to grow zucchini and tomatoes in the winter? ~Elise
Looks wonderful. Toss some cumin in there and its much like something I ate when I was a kid.
Something else you could use those bats for and what I let get that size on purpose before the years end is Zucchini Relish. This recipe is the closest to mine that I’ve seen online. http://kitchen-parade-veggieventure.blogspot.com/2008/08/homemade-zucchini-relish.html
The differences are
1. my recipe calls for 2 red bell peppers, 2 green ones, and 2 jalapenos
2. Mine doesnt call for any cornstarch or other thickener
3. The proportions of the spices are a little different and mine calls for pickling spice instead of nutmeg.
4. Mine says to simmer 20 minutes, but Nanny who i got the recipe from didnt water bath them but just processed them into clean canning jars. I water bath pints for 10 minutes.
I no longer buy sweet relish of any kind because this is better than any out there. I give it as gifts for Christmas fairly often and people always tell me how they sit there with a spoon and usually eat the whole jar by itself instead of using it with something. Yep, its that good..
I’ll have to try it, thank you! And I love Alanna’s site, thanks for sharing. ~Elise
I just picked two baseball bats from our garden and plan to stuff them with a Quinoa mixture. So funny – this made me laugh. I don’t know how they grow that fast. Lovely recipe!
hmmm wondering … would this be just as good with the baseball bat size Crook-neck squash?
I don’t see why not! ~Elise