8-Ball Zucchini, stuffed.

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I bought these for the pure novelty of them. It’s my theme of ‘let’s buy everything miniaturized!’ My theme only includes this one post. Plus, a couple of you have mentioned that the stuffing for my stuffed mushrooms would look good in zucchini, so here ya go.

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  • 2 8-ball zucchini, insides dug out and reserved
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese (reserve 1/4 cup cheese for topping)
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 strips bacon chopped


1) Cut the tops off the zucchini. Hollow out with a spoon. Reserve the zucchini guts in a bowl. Chop tomato and onion, add into same bowl.

2) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

3) Chop bacon into small pieces, brown in skillet. Add zucchini guts, tomato and onion, cook for 4 minutes on medium high heat. Remove from heat and add bread crumbs, cheese (reserve some shredded cheese for topping), salt and pepper to taste. Spoon stuffing into zucchini. Top with remaining cheese.

4) Place zucchini in baking pan, preferably one with a lip. Pour a bit of water (about 1/4 inch deep) on the bottom of the pan to prevent burning. Bake for 40 minutes or until zucchini is softened.


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That is a grapefruit spoon I used to dig out the guts. Hey, I had one on hand, so I used it.

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After I browned the bacon in the skillet, I just dumped my veggies into it and used the bacon fat to cook with. If you have cholesterol problems, or just don’t want to use bacon fat, I recommend draining the bacon, and using olive oil to sauté the veggies instead.

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After cooking the bacon with veggies for about 4 minutes, remove from heat and pour in bread crumbs to soak in all the wonderful juices. Mix well.

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Mix in the cheese quickly afterwards.

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Spoon the mixture into the zucchini, top with cheese, and put in baking pan, preferably one with a lip as shown below.

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Bake for 40 minutes until it comes out looking wonderful like this.

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The zucchini was tender, and the stuffing was delicious. So go for it, zucchini fans!

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28 Thoughts on “8-Ball Zucchini, stuffed.

  1. this is a great idea candy!! m gonna buy some zucchinis tmrw :)

  2. SuperStud on August 6, 2009 at 7:01 pm said:

    This looks wonderful! A fantastic idea, fantastic snack, and excellent photos! Nicely done, one of my favorites!

  3. Nora – lemme know how it turns out!

    SuperStud – Are you trying to butter us up for a bottle of marinade? :P

  4. Those look great! I actually grew the 8 ball in my garden this summer and have a few(!) extra that are going into bread, I may have to hold a couple back for stuffing.

  5. They look so cool!

  6. SuperStud on August 7, 2009 at 6:50 am said:

    Naw, just thought this one was really good, so figured I would post about it!

  7. Those little round zucchini are really cool looking! I’m sure the stuffing will work well on regular zucchini as well… most farmer’s markets aren’t around here in the summer and grocery stores never have interesting produce like that…

  8. those photos are truly beautiful! it looks like natural light — it must be fantastic to have so much natural light in your kitchen. i’m jealous!

  9. I had a dream last night that you and Chris came over for dinner and I made this for you except they turned into HUMONGOUS zucchini in the oven. Like…4 foot tall. And we gorged ourselves. that’s about it. I woke up starving.

  10. I made these last night and they were DELISH! Thanks for the great recipe!

  11. Joanna – lemme know how they turned out if you tried em!

    Superstud – have Irish Pirate make em for you! :)

    Chiara – I was originally planning on stuffing regular zucchini but they had the 8 Balls in the supermarket. Figured why not :P

    Christina – I’m lucky to have natural light in the kitchen, I just hope I always get a large, south facing window in my kitchen no matter where I go. :)

    Kier – Chris and I both read your comment and laughed.

    Tana – I’m so glad you liked them!

  12. I have always wondered what to do with those cute magic 8-ball squashes – you are clearly a genius! your step by step photos are also so well done. thank you so much! I am making these for sure.

    dana joy altman

  13. I would, but we don’t have 8-ball squash in the kakalakies. Woe.

  14. Dana – me, genius?! that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said about my intelligence. but i’m glad you like the idea, lemme know how they turn out if you try em!

    Irish Pirate – now I hafta google ‘kakalakies’.

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  16. Beautiful! I am growing these 8 ball beauties int he garden this year. Excited to try your recipe!

  17. Beautiful! I am growing these 8 ball beauties in the garden this year. Excited to try your recipe!

  18. Joe – Hope you enjoy it!

  19. We grew these, but, didn’t know what I was going to do with them, now I know and I am also going to add ground beef. thanks

  20. Louisa – Ground beef sounds great stuffed into the zucchini, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  21. Erin on July 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm said:

    These were absolutely awesome, the stuffing has great flavor! I cut the eight ball zucchini in half lengthwise, and it reduced the cooking time quite a bit.

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  23. Nancy on June 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm said:

    What an awesome recipe for this type of squash! I get them with my organinc delivery each week and honestly didnt know what to make of these little guys! Stir fry?!!! I love them! We had them for brunch! Yum!

  24. Jerri M. on July 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm said:

    My husband brought me two 8 ball zucchini, because he thought they were unusual and asked if I wanted to try them. Hey, it’s zucchini and I love it. I looked on the Internet for a recipe and there you were. I am cooking them right now and WOW DO THEY SMELL WONDERFUL. I tasted the stuffing mix and it was yummy! I think we are in for a real treat!!

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