Is your allotment overflowing? Are you running out of ideas for this colossal cucurbit? Get creative with these suggestions for using a multitude of marrow...
Marrow is a versatile vegetable, making it king of the allotment. Its mild flavour and soft, creamy flesh means it goes well in chutneys, curries, as well as stuffed and baked. The marrow comes into its own in August and September, meaning now is the perfect time to get picking. We've come up with six of our favourite ways to serve this outsized courgette...
Our spicy Spanish stuffed marrow is an easy way to pack your veg with flavour - smoked paprika and chorizo add depth and texture. The mild flavour of this much maligned veg pairs well with stronger flavours such as garlic and a variety of spices. We recommend finishing off this simple autumnal main with Manchego and breadcrumbs for extra crunch.
The traditional way to use up extra veg from your growing bonanza is to make them into delicious jams, chutneys and preserves. Our marrow & ginger jam is perfect for courgettes as well and only has four ingredients. The zesty conserve will mature and intensify in flavour over the months. So store it away in a dark, cool place, wait and enjoy!
Pep up your mild-mannered marrow with a punchy sauce and spices. Our baked marrow amatriciana is an easy family meal you can make with minimal effort, plus it's gluten-free to boot. This version with bacon, chilli and thyme is a midweek meal saviour.
There's nothing nicer than a homemade vegetable curry - it's warming, filling and so much healthier than a takeaway. If you're looking for a side dish to accompany a rich chicken or lamb curry, this smashed curried marrow is full of fresh coriander, garlic and lemon juice that will complement a meaty main course. It's vegan too if meat isn't on the menu.
We love vegetable-based cakes. We get to use up a glut, feel like a virtuous cook and get a slice of cake to enjoy with our tea. This nutty marrow & pecan cake with maple icing is topped with smooth cream cheese frosting and will blow your standard carrot cake out of the water. The grated marrow keeps the cake moist and squidgy and the pecans add a final, crunchy flourish.
Just a drizzle of maple syrup dressing, a scattering of hazelnuts and cavolo nero makes an impressive, healthy salad. The tender, roasted marrow and crunchy radishes are sure to please your family's palate and make a nice addition to any veggie feast. A sprinkling of Parmesan cheese adds the perfect savoury touch to complement the sweetness of the maple syrup. Try our maple-roasted marrow on cavolo nero salad.
If you're looking for some more allotment inspiration, check out our garden glut cake collection.
What's your favourite way to use up your marrows and allotment veg? Let us know in the comments below...