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My Favourite Fall Marrow Recipes
Marrow Recipes For All Your Over-Grown Zucchini
It's harvest time and that means the fall glorious glut of marrows, overgrown zucchini, and summer squash, but do you know what to do with them? Marrow has a bad press but there are so many delicious ways to cook and to preserve marrow that there really is no excuse for not making the most of them.
I make my own homemade marrow jam and fry marrow in butter to serve as a vegetable. I've also stuffed marrow and made it into soups and stews.
This year I've grown and been given more marrows than ever so I need to branch out a bit and find more ways of using marrow, and so I've collected a few of the tastiest looking marrow recipes and put them together into one article to help me make the most of those marrows!
Lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes too for your giant zucchini!
As I work my way through the marrow recipes, adapting and modifying where necessary, and I'll be taking pictures and letting you know how the recipes turn out. Why not join in?
Before you start, though, how much do you know about marrows? Do you know what a marrow is? Are you asking yourself any of these questions? "What is marrow?", "What can I do with marrows?", "What are summer squash?", "Are marrows zucchini?", "Is zucchini squash?" To answer these questions and many more marrow questions, read on ...
PS Don't forget that you can fry and stuff the flowers!
A Good Old Fashioned Stuffed Marrow Recipe Book - Get this Kindle book now
There are so many different ways to stuff a marrow - why stick to just one recipe?
Granny Betty includes both meat and vegetarian fillings.
Go on - spoil yourself and make the most of your marrows and surprise yourself and your family.
What is Marrow?
Well, we're talking about the vegetable variety here!
Don't get confused between bone marrow (the jelly like stuff found inside bones) and vegetable marrow. It's vegetable marrows we're talking about here!
So what are marrows exactly?
In a word or two, overgrown courgettes or large zucchini. Another word for courgettes is Zucchini, but the botanical name is Cucurbita pepo. The general family are called squash, Curcurbita. So, "Is zucchini squash?" Yes!
What is Squash?
Well, members of the Curcurbita family, which are technically fruits, as they contain seeds. The Curcurbita family include pumpkins, cucumbers, zucchini and marrows. They are used as vegetables, though, in cooking, in the same way as tomatoes, also fruits, are used as a vegetable.
What are Summer Squash and what are Winter Squash?
The difference between summer squash and winter squash lies in their use. Summer squash are harvested young - this is what I would call a zucchini, for example. I would expect it to be no longer than about 30 cm, have soft, edible skin and I would eat all of it. If you leave it to become what I would call a marrow, it's bigger, the skin is tough and inedible, and I would discard the seeds and stringy innards. (You can use the seeds separately).
Where does the word 'Squash' come from?
It comes from the Narragansett language, from the word 'askutasquash' which means "a green thing eaten raw". So there you go - you don't have to cook your zucchini and marrows!
How many of us have left our courgette plants for a day or two only to come back and find that our little, baby courgettes are mammoth marrows? I, for one, hold up my hand; guilty as charged.
What to do with the seeds?
Eat them! they have been eaten traditionally by people from South and Central America and are a source of Vitamin B, proteins (25%) and unsaturated fats (45%). If tender eat them raw or they can be fried or roasted. They can be ground up and used as flour.
Can I freeze marrow?
Yes, you can! (See Freezer tip below)
You might like to hear BBC's Food Programme on pumpkins and winter squash
- BBC Radio 4 - Food Programme, Pumpkins and Winter Squash
Sheila Dillon and special guests discover a delicious world of pumpkins and winter squash.
Preserve your marrows for the winter to come
One of the best, tried and tested ways to use your marrow is to preserve them by pickling, or by turning them into jam or chutney. Because marrow is a rather bland vegetable, it's the perfect candidate for being spiced up - literally. Vinegar and pickling spices with give your marrow a tang, ginger will warm and flavour your jams and marrow is made for chutney, especially when combined with other fall fruits such as apples and peaches.
In the end there's nothing like homemade jam! Go on - give marrow a go!
Marrow Jam Recipes
Homemade Marrow Jam Recipe Links
- Lemon and Marrow Jam | The Vintage Cookbook Trials
Apologies for the sporadic posting over the last year; rest assured we continue to do many (mostly) well-intentioned, (often) ill-advised things in the kitchen (and out of it). Today, however, I am delighted to share this guest-post from Salada. Her
- How to Make Marrow and Ginger jam
Marrow and ginger jam is a delicious way to use up all those overgrown courgettes. An old fashioned, traditional conserve recipe but well worth the effort.
- Marrow & ginger jam | BBC Good Food
A traditional way to use up marrows, or courgettes, that have grown too big for their boots
Making Marrow Jam is Easy
Marrow Chutney Recipes
Marrow Chutney Recipe Links - Chutney is a great way to preserve autumn fruits
Marrow chutney, marrow and apple, marrow and ginger - or go for Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's 'Glutney' - a chutney made from all the autumn glut fruits and vegetables.
Chutney is just great with cheese and meats, livens up salads, vegetarian and vegan dishes too. I love to make rich, fruits chutneys and dress them up in pretty jars and trappings and give them as Christmas presents. What could be better to go with the Christmas lamb, goose or turkey? And when it come to those endless turkey sandwiches and cold chicken salads - well, chutney is a must!
- Marrow Chutney Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall
Not his recipe but on his Rivercottage site posted by dmcp
Pickled Marrow Recipes
Pickled Marrow Recipe Links
My grandmother gave me two of her favourite cook books, many, many years ago and I use these old fashioned, traditional recipes to cook the seasonal fruits and vegetables from the vegetable garden. Tried and tested, they produce great results every time.
- 2 lb / 450g marrow after peeling and removing seeds
- 4 oz salt for sprinkling
- 3/4 pint vinegar
- 4 oz Sugar
- 1/4 oz ground ginger (I used fresh ginger)
- 4 oz curry powder
- 6 peppercorns
- 3/4 oz mustard
- - Cut up the marrow into chunks, sprinkle with the salt and stand overnight
- - Next day, put the vinegar, sugar, ginger, curry powder, pepper corns and mustard into a casserole and boil for 5 minutes
- - Drain and rinse the marrow and add to the pan
- - Cook until the marrow is tender
- - Pack into pickle jars and seal
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Marrow Soup Recipes
Marrow Soup Links
- Marrow, Chilli and Ginger Soup | The Fresh Princess of Bel Air
It’s that time of year again, when run-away courgettes (zucchini), leave gardeners with what most people would consider to be way too many marrows. Indeed, for most people, just one of these ungainly and graceless vegetables would be considered too m
- Vegetable Marrow Soup Recipe
- Marrow & Vegetable Soup
- Marrow Squash & Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet marrow soup
- Readers Recipes
Marrow and Roasted Garlic Soup
My Version of the Vegetable Marrow Soup - By Seasonal Cooking
Marrow and ginger are made for each other, and this soup recipe is a real winner.
I added carrots and coriander seed.
Marrow Bread, Muffin and Marrow Savoury Cake Recipes
Marrow Bread Recipes - Muffins, savoury cakes ....
Marrow Vegetable Recipes
Marrow Served as a Vegetable Links
Vegetable Marrow Salad Recipes
Marrow and Zucchini Salad Recipes - You don't think of marrow and salad together, do you?
Or at least I didn't. Then a friend told me a bout this wonderful zucchini salad and that made me think that if you can make salads with courgettes, then you can make them with marrows. These are the recipes that I've found.
Stuffed Marrow Recipes
Still an old favourite
If you know one way to serve marrow, I expect it's this - stuffed marrow. I was taught to stuff the marrow with a mince mixture, but there's so much more choice. Here are just a few different ideas for stuffing your marrow this fall:
Links to Stuffed Marrow Recipes
- Chorizo and couscous stuffed marrow
Antony Worrall Thompson
- Marrow with lentils and spinach
- Italian-style stuffed marrow
The Hairy Bikers
- Stuffed Marrow With Mozzarella and Herb Stuffing
Matthew Valleau I tried this one but didn't quite get it right. I used a huge marrow - the length of my arm - and it didn't cook in time. I'll try it again and this time put the marrow into the oven, lightly oiled I think, and cook it for half an ho
- Tuna and Tomato Stuffed Courgettes
- Ham Stuffed Marrow
- Stuffed marrow (with beef and mushrooms)
- Baked stuffed marrow (with cheese and tomatoes)
My Stuffed Marrow - The ingredients are shown above
Unfortunately I'll long forgotten the recipe for this - but I liked the photo and the marrow was delicious.
Maincourse Marrow Recipes
Make Yours a Marrow Supper
Marrow supper recipes for chilly autumn evenings
There are lots of ways to make a hearty meal from a marrow. Take your choice from marrow stews, stuffed marrow, baked marrow, marrow rice and so much more. Don't be afraid to ring the changes, either. My marrow and choriza sausage supper could be made with almost any fruit and vegetables going. Mix and match for delicous dinners.
Prep Time: 5
Total Time: 15
My Apple, Marrow and Chorizo Sausage Supper Recipe
- 250 g Marrow
- 1 large Apple
- 2 rashers of Bacon
- 6 Slices of Chorizo Sausage
- 1 tomato or a few cherry tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon of butter
- A little olive or vegetable oil
- 3 sprigs of thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Basil to decorate
- Gently melt the butter in a frying pan. Slice the marrow fairly thinly and fry in the butter. Add a little oil if necessary. Fry with the lid on until the marrow begins to soften and turn translucent, fo rabout five to seven minutes.
- Add the sliced apples, sausage, thyme and bacon, stir and season to taset, but remember the sausage and bacon will be salty. Cover and cook gently for a further five or ten minutes until the apples begin to soften.
- Add the sliced tomatoes, cover a cook for a minute or so just to warm.
- Serve and garnish with basil.
Main Course Marrow Recipe Links
- Marrow with feta and mint
- Stuffed Marrow with Mozzarella and Herb Filling
- Baked Marrow Bolognese
- Marrow Rice
- Italian Vegetable Marrow Stew
- Grilled marrow with pesto
- Marrow, Lentil And Sweet Potato Crumble
- Good Marrow Shepherds Pie
- Marrow and Tomato Gratin
Bid for Marrow Seeds on eBay - Why not grow your own marrows?
Courgettes and marrows are super plants to grow. They have a pretty habit, decorative leaves and wonderful flowers. Plant them amongst your flower beds.
You can eat the flowers - the Italians love them fried or stuffed - and you can begin to eat the little zucchini as baby-vegetables.
They produce tons of courgettes and, of course, any that you can't eat will become marrows.
Marrow Cake Recipes
Why Not Marrow Cake?
We've all heard of carrot cake!
Carrot cake is delicious, so why should marrow cake not be gorgeous too? Here are a few recipes to try, all promising a wonderfully moist and spicy cake.
Marrow Cake Recipe Links
My Version of The Marrow Cake - Marrow cake with lavender
I used the marrow cake recipe by UNFORGETTABLE, above and added two heads of lavender - the individual little flowers separated first. This gave a very delicate flavour and I think it would be ok with three heads.
(Reduced the sugar a little and this was to my taste).
My Version of the Caribbean Marrow Cake by tahoegirl - Moist, spicy marrow cake
I live in France and so couldn't find desiccated coconut easily. I didn't have any applesauce handy either so I added a small packet of coconut milk and just grated two apples along with the marrow. It still turned out to be absolutely delicious!
(PS Reduced the sugar by about a third, but I don't like cakes too sweet).
Marrow Dessert Recipes
Marrow Dessert Recipe Links - Get creative
Marrow dessert? Surely not! There are not so many marrow desert recipes about so we might have to be creative. I'm going to put my thinking cap on and so should you! What sweet nothings can we come up with for marrows?
- Marrow Pudding
An historic marrow recipe to try
Drinks from Vegetable Marrow
Marrow Drinks Recipes - Make Drinks from Marrows
- Marrow Rum
"Booze from Otherwise Useless Vegetables" by Indestructables
Celebrity Chef Marrow Recipes
TV Chef Marrow Recipes
How do you cook your marrows? Share your favourite marrow recipes
Don't Forget That You Can Eat Marrow Flowers - Stuff or fry your zucchini flowers
I first had stuffed and fried courgette flowers in Italy - fabulous! In fact, come to think about it, this was probably the first time I'd been given flowers to eat in my entire life.
There are so many recipes and variations on stuffed zucchini flowers that it is really a story for another day. (I'll get on to it asap.)
FREEZER TIP! Grate your marrow and freeze for use throughout the winter
Can You Freeze Marrow?
How do you freeze marrow?
Grating marrow seems to work well, but freezing can destroy the texture of marrow and it will be soft and mushy when you defrost. This might be OK for making soups though. Or better still, make the soup and freeze that.
I made and froze the marrow cakes above and they all came out wonderfully well - I can absolutely recommend that.
What Can I Do With Marrow? - More giant zucchini ideas
What to do with large zucchini other than eat it?
Lots! You can get all creative with your overgrown zucchinis or marrows.What about vegetable carving? Making halloween decorations from your marrows? Use them to decorate your house in autumn, or make a zucchini baby even ....
Vegetable Carving from Chabanais Fall Harvest Festival France
- How to make a zucchini racing car or zucchini doll with that big zucchini from your garden
Simple but creative
- Marrow Carving
You won't believe how beautiful these carved vegetables are!
Marrows at Halloween - Why carve only pumpkins for Halloween lanterns?
I spotted these beauties in a bar in Andalusia, Spain and realised that everything you can do with pumpkins, you can do with marrows .... Save your fall marrows for Halloween.
© 2012 Barbara Walton