Baby Zucchini Stuffed with Browned Onions; the green menace returns

When I see people with monster zucchini in their gardens I assume they have been on vacation and forgot to ask the neighbors to tend the plants.

Because, surely, anyone who plants zucchini knows to pick it small and often to keep it under control.

Unless you're entering it in 'The World's Largest Zucchini' contest there is no reason to let them grown beyond 6 inches or so… Unless you specifically want fat slices for cooking on the barbecue.

But even picking the babies can produce more than is needed from time to time.  I already have 8 quarts of soup in the freezer and they've only been producing for 2 weeks.

See below for freezing info – this post is about baby squashes….

Baby Zucchini (Courgette) Stuffed with Browned Onions

Preparation and cooking time:   45 minutes   

 Ingredients:

  • 2 small zucchini (courgette)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1oz (30gr) bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tbs Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 4 tbs shredded cheese

Stuffed Baby Zucchini

 Instructions:

  • Cut the zucchini in half. 
  • With a small spoon, hollow out each half.
  • Fry the onion, garlic and bacon in olive oil until well browned. 
  • Divide and fill the zucchini halves.
  • Combine yogurt and mustard.  Divide and spread over onions
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese. 
  • Cover, bake at 400F (200C) for 20 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake 5 – 10 minutes longer, until cheese is browned.

We ate these as a vegetable side dish.

The following two we had as a first course"

Ham-Wrapped Stuffed Baby Zucchini (Courgette)

Zucchini, stuffed and wrapped in Prosciutto

 

There is something about little cherry tomatoes that just go so well with little baby squashes…..

Filled Baby Yellow Squash (Courgette)

Zucchini_baby_olive
As to freezing…..

I have a freezer just for my garden.  I decided a few years ago that freezing was much simpler than canning (bottling).  I pick whatever is ready in the garden every day, we eat what we want for dinner and the rest goes in the freezer in some form or another.

Mon mari likes to have a 'cup of soup' in the winter, so I freeze thick vegetable purees then thaw and dilute as needed.  

Zucchini Freezing Tips

6 thoughts on “Baby Zucchini Stuffed with Browned Onions; the green menace returns”

  1. yeah….that would be me that didn’t check the garden for a few days….ginormous zucchini now in the kitchen waiting for inspiration from moi. Since I have had to go gluten free for a season, this recipe looks very do-able. and from the looks of it, i will have plenty of zucchini to experiment with!

  2. Val….. pick them now!!!!
    Cindy, soup for the freezer for winter…..
    manningroad, it’s universal…. this plague…
    ellen, one could wrap almost anything in ham and I would love it!

  3. Nice post! I might have a go at this recipe – still not sure what to do with my available courgettes. Might have to substitute the yogurt, though!

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