Single Serving Stuffed Zucchini; Sponge Mouse

This is the first year that I’ve grown these little, round summer squashes. They’re so cute I hate to do the usual preparation – shredding, slicing or chopping, that I do to the more usual, long types. They really just ask to be stuffed.

It’s easy enough to do: slice a bit off the stem end and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon. Then fill with whatever sounds good at the moment. I just used fried onions for a small side dish.

Some things, like onions or bacon, need to be cooked first. For other things, like tomatoes or olives, just roughly chop and spoon in. Put some cheese in first or on top or both. Or you could add bread crumbs.

You could even let them grow a little bigger and fill them with rice and meat for a main course.

The big ones aren’t as cute, though……

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Single Serving Stuffed Zucchini

If you pick them when they are about the size of a tennis ball they are perfect single serving sides.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides


  • 2 small round summer squash, hollowed
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp parika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup (1oz, 30gr) shredded cheese


  • Cut the stem end off each squash.
  • With a small spoon scoop out the seeds and flesh from the center, leaving a shell about 3/8″ (1cm) thick. 
  • Sauté onion in olive oil until just starting to brown.
  • Add herbs, spices, salt and sauté briefly.
  • Spoon onions mixture into squash, dividing evenly.
  • Top with cheese, pressing it into the center a bit.
  • Put both squash on a baking tray or small baking dish and bake, 400F (200C) for 30 minutes.
  • Remove and serve.


You could make these using small, long zucchini…. About 7″ (18cm) would be a good size

Keywords: stuffed zucchini, summer squash, round zucchini

Stuffed Zucchini

I didn’t get a photo.

It was early.

I hadn’t had my coffee yet.

I was more concerned with getting him out of the water and out of the house than I was with what was, in retrospect, a one in a million photo opportunity.

And I felt sorry for the little guy…..

You see – mon mari does the dishes. He has for all of our married life. He has a habit of leaving the water in the sink overnight. It’s a habit that I hate but…. he does the dishes.

Sometimes he leaves the sponge in the dishwater.

Yesterday morning, there was a little mouse in the sink clinging to the sponge as if his life depended on it…. Which, of course, it did.

He obviously fell in and tried to climb onto the sponge but, due to the nature of sponges and water, wasn’t quite able to get on it all the way. His front half was on the sponge but his hind legs and tail were in the dishwater.

He looked wet, tired, and very, very scared.

In an unwritten division of labor mon mari takes care of killing things (spiders, centipedes) and dead things (mice in traps, half-eaten rabbits). I take care of living things: lizards that fall into the bath tub or are scurrying around the floor and mice that get stuck in places they shouldn’t be like the toaster or, in this case, the kitchen sink.

I grabbed a bowl and an oven mit. I scooped him up, sponge and all, covered the bowl with the mit, and took him outside. I decided I should let him out close to the brambles where he could find shelter to rest and recover from the trauma. I may have sloshed him around in the bowl a bit too much on the trip…. He looked a bedraggled mess when I tipped him out on the grass and didn’t move. I could tell he was alive as his feet twitched a bit.

I left him alone to ponder his predicament.

When I went back a few minutes later to check on him he was gone. He’s either regaling all of his friends about his adventure or he was breakfast for a hawk.

I’ll go with the former….. There wasn’t really enough time for a predator to spot him.

Then I had my coffee.

8 thoughts on “Single Serving Stuffed Zucchini; Sponge Mouse”

  1. Great mouse story! the squash are cuties. I love having things like mushrooms, onions, bacon in containers cooked and ready to stuff in things like cute zucchini balls.

  2. I could put this ‘stuffing’ over some mashed potatoes. I think that would be lovely!

    Poor little mouse. I’m so glad you saved him. I use live traps, but I do take them about a mile away. Everything I’ve read says if you don’t take them that far, they’ll find their way back in. I used to take them way out to the back of the field which is our yard. I’d invariably find them back in the house a couple days later. Since I’ve been taking them so far away, I’ve not had them back for the season once gone.

    • We have so many mice I could never keep track. But this is the first one we’ve had all year. We had rats this spring… I think they kept the mice away. One got in the house and knocked stuff of the mantle – and then got into the pantry and took a bit out of every potato. It took weeks to get rid of them all.

  3. for some reason your story made me think of the movie Titanic. Maybe his name was Jack Mouse? I am going to have to find some zucchini balls those are cute and look delicious!

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