Polish Stuffed Zucchini

I remember when I was 6-8 years old, we were spending vacations on our large garden plot and sleeping in a Summer small house. My father was planting tomatoes & cucumbers for sale and other vegetables for our own use. We had zucchinis, but not eating them while they are small, but waiting them to grow to 2-3 kg each:) Then my Mum was cooking Polish Stuffed Zucchini.

Nowadays it is hard to find these big zucchinis in stores, but when I go to Farmers market, I get them from real farmers, not the sellers that buy in wholesalers and just distribute goods. They cost about 1 USD per kilogram.

Polish Stuffed Zucchini was one of the dishes that my Mum made for our big family those days. It was quite cheap to make: you use minced meat mixed with rice, so you can manage on your own the ratio between them:)

Ready baked Polish stuffed zucchini on the plate with tomato sauce.

Ingredients

  • large zucchini (mine weighted 1,2 kg/ 2,6 lb)
  • 0,6 kg/1,3 lb minced meat (I used turkey)
  • 100 g/ 3,5 oz rice
  • onion
  • egg
  • parsley
  • 700 ml/3 cups tomato sauce
  • 200 g/ 7 oz cheese (suitable for melting)
  • salt & pepper
  • basil, thyme, oregano

Peel zucchini and cut it along into to pieces. Take the seeds out. Simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Add salt, pepper and herbs to tomato sauce. Shred the cheese to the bowl.

Prepare the filling:

Mix minced meat with cooked rice. I had about 1/4 of rice (cooked) and 3/4 meat. Add diced onion, parley and egg. Season with salt and pepper and your favorite herbs (oregano, thyme, basil).

Place zucchini in a baking pan. Fill the hollow in zucchini with meat. Cover it with tomato sauce and pour the rest of the sauce to the pan.

Bake for 40 minutes in 180 C/ 350 F and add shredded cheese. Bake for another 20 minutes.

Serve with tomato sauce and parsley. I also like to put some ketchup on the top of my plate, to add little bit of sourness to it, as zucchini itself can taste a little bit bland:)

If you look for another budget Polish recipes for a big family you will like Polish Farmer’s Casserole.

Green large zucchini
Green large zucchini peeled and covered in hot water
Filling made of rice, meat, egg, onion and parsley
Zucchini ready to be baked: stuffed with raw meat filling.
Zucchini ready to be baked: stuffed with raw meat filling.and cheese
Ready baked Polish stuffed zucchini under crispy topping in the baking dish.
Ready baked Polish stuffed zucchini on the plate with tomato sauce.
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