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 such a versatile vegetable, you could call it king of the allotment. Its mild flavour and soft, creamy flesh means it goes well in chutneys and curries, as well as being stuffed and baked. The marrow comes into its own in August and September, and we've come up with six of our favourite ways to serve this outsized courgette...
1. Stuffed marrow
Our spicy Spanish stuffed marrow is an easy way to pack your veg with flavour - smoked paprika and chorizo add depth and texture. Marrow's mild flavour 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.
2. Preserved marrow
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 also works well with courgettes and only has four ingredients. This zesty conserve will mature and intensify in flavour over the months. So store it away in a dark, cool place, wait and enjoy!
Also try our fruity marrow chutney for the perfect accompaniment to cold meats, sandwiches and cheeses.
3. Marrow cake
We love vegetable-based cakes. We get to use up a glut, feel like a virtuous cook and enjoy a slice of cake with our cuppa. 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.
4. Marrow salad
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 adds the perfect savoury touch to complement the sweetness of the maple syrup. Try our maple-roasted marrow on cavolo nero salad.
5. Baked marrow
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.
6. Marrow curry
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.
Find more recipes in our marrow collection.
If you're looking for some more allotment inspiration, check out our garden glut cake collection.
What's your favourite way to use up marrows and allotment veg? Leave a comment below...