- chicgail Aug 10, 2010 06:51 AM
I just harvested a zucchini that looks like a watermelon. It's bigger than my forearm in both length and circumference. It was hiding under a zucchini leaf and I didn't see it until it had become utterly huge. The darn thing probably weighs 3 lbs.
Here's the question: what to do with it? I know it's going to have a lot of seeds that I will want to remove, but does anyone have any ideas of how to use it? Stuff it? Use it to bat at a pitched tomato? Is there any way to freeze part of it?
All suggestions taken with great interest.
Roast the seeds. salt a little olive oil stir on a cookie sheet until golden. Throw out the rest of the monster!!!
I like to use the monsters for bread. Peel, de-seed, and grate. You can squeeze a little of the liquid out and then freeze in 2-cup portions (or whatever your recipe calls for ). When you defrost, there will be a lot of liquid in the bag- I don't drain it all off, because I figure the recipe expected the liquid to be there... though I may be wrong.
I'd treat it as I'd treat a marrow (same thing really). Split down the length; scrape out seeds; fill with cooked spicy meat mixture of your choice; reform; wrap in tinfoil and bake until it's all cooked through.
It won't be the most delicious veg you eat all week - but it will be the most recent.