Summer brings a glut of zucchini, whether or not you grow them yourself. There’s your neighbor who leaves them on your doorstep, your coworker who puts a free bin in the lunchroom, and the tempting nature of the piles at the farmers’ market. After you’ve made zucchini pizzas and enough zucchini bread to fill a chest freezer, get stuffing. Here are 10 recipes we love.
1. Quinoa-Stuffed Grilled Zucchini
You essentially make a simple cashew cream to cook the quinoa, before spooning it into hollowed-out zucchini halves. Sandwich the squash halves together and grill until slightly charred on the outside. Get our Quinoa-Stuffed Grilled Zucchini recipe.
2. Bacon and Basil–Stuffed Zucchini
A creamy, boldly bacon-and-garlic-flavored filling is the star here. Parmesan cheese gives the flavor lots of umami depth, and fresh basil makes it aromatic. Get Redhead Recipes’ Stuffed Zucchini recipe.
3. Spicy Corn and Black Bean Stuffed Zucchini
Cooked quinoa, fresh corn, black beans, a poblano pepper, onion, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese are a bold, healthy filling for summer zucchini. Get Dishing Up the Dirt’s Spicy Corn and Black Bean Stuffed Zucchini recipe.
4. Zucchini Stuffed with Parsnip Purée
“The parsnips have a sweet and delicate flavor,” notes the Stranded in Cleveland blog. “Therefore, the stuffed zucchini has this wonderfully surprising taste. Topped with the buttered bread crumbs, it's a treat for the palate.” Get Stranded in Cleveland’s Zucchini Stuffed with Parsnip Purée recipe.
5. Mediterranean Baked Stuffed Zucchini
Use any ground meat you like: beef, turkey, chicken, pork—even lamb. Some zesty herbs and spices, canned tomatoes, and egg and breadcrumbs to bind, and you’ve got a delicious filling with Italian-American deliciousness. Get Cooking with Sugar’s Easy Mediterranean Baked Stuffed Zucchini recipe.
6. Baked Stuffed Round Zucchini with Beef Ragu
Round zucchini squash are always a welcome surprise when you bring them to the table. This recipe has you fill them with a hearty beef ragu. Get Spade & Spatula’s Baked Stuffed Round Zucchini with Beef Ragu recipe.
7. Vegan Olive, Tomato, and Millet Stuffed Zucchini
Zucchini boats are the perfect vehicles for transporting this tangy vegan olive-tomato-millet combination straight into your mouth. Get Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s Vegan Olive, Tomato, and Millet Stuffed Zucchini recipe.
8. Cremini Mushroom and Mint–Stuffed Zucchini
I concocted this recipe,” writes blogger Jennifer Fontaine, “by mingling 3 different ideas; drawing on my memory of making Turkish Dolma, seeing the hundreds of Zucchini Boat pics on Pinterest (Ha!) and using the fresh ingredients that were already in my fridge, writing down measurements for you guys as I went along!” Get MommyHiker.com’s Cremini Mushroom and Mint–Stuffed Zucchini recipe.
9. Crockpot Stuffed Zucchini
A filling of ground lamb or beef with rice and lots of aromatic spices go into the halved and scooped squashes. In turn, they’re layered in the slow cooker and covered with tomato sauce, water, and wine, before simmering 8 hours. Get What’s Cookin’s Crockpot Stuffed Zucchini recipe.
10. Stuffed Zucchini with Rice and Mushroom
Cheese makes a lot of vegetables dishes taste luscious, and this vegetarian stuffed zucchini recipe is no exception. Get My Zucchini Recipes’ Stuffed Zucchini with Rice and Mushroom recipe.