You'd be forgiven for thinking stuffed marrow recipes are nothing special. However, you'll be amazed at the wonderful flavours you can get out of this underrated vegetable when you use the right ingredients and the proper cooking techniques.
This recipe is a Mediterranean stuffed marrow, meaning the focus is on fresh ingredients and typical Mediterranean flavours that are good for you and get the taste buds going. You're going to love it!
Why you'll love this stuffed marrow recipe
There are a few kitchen items you'll need to get the best out of this stuffed marrow recipe:
- The Mediterranean flavours are a pure delight!
- It's the perfect example of how cooking with love and good ingredients can create something very special
- It looks great and is the kind of dish that will impress your friends and family
- The finishing sauce is sensational!
Equipment you'll need
There are a few essential items you'll need for this stuffed marrow recipe:
How to make stuffed marrow
Brown the beef mince first, then set aside.
Gently fry the onions, garlic, celery, and carrot until softened.
Stir in the rice. Sizzle with white wine. Cook for 15 minutes; add a splash of water when needed.
Stir in the beef mince.
Stuff the halved, scooped-out marrows, and bake until the marrows are cooked. Drizzle with sauce and serve immediately. Enjoy!
When making the sauce, slowly add the chicken stock to the roux. Add a ladleful at a time, whisking constantly – this way, you'll get a smooth, delicious sauce.
What to serve with stuffed marrow
The Greeks love to serve fresh crusty bread on the side. Keep it simple and get it fresh from your local bakery, or put your twist on it – homemade chia seed bread or pesto-stuffed bread would be divine!
Variations to this recipe
- Grate some Greek cheese over your stuffed marrows for extra richness. Kefalotyri is delicious and would go well with the meat sauce. You could also bring some Italian flavours for a fabulous fusion – try grated or parmesan-type cheese.
- The instructions below call for adding white wine, but it's not strictly necessary. Replace the amount of white wine with stock if you prefer to leave it out.
- Add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree to the sauce for a more tomatoey flavour.
- Make this a vegetarian stuffed marrow recipe by replacing the beef mince with Quorn or tofu. You could even use wild mushrooms to bring a meaty flavour. Also, use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock.
Popular substitutions for this recipe
- This dish works well with lamb mince as well as beef mince. If you prefer lamb, you can substitute it for beef. Either way, it'll end up as your new favourite mince recipe!
- You can replace the chicken stock with beef stock, or vegetable stock if you prefer.
- If you can't find glutinous rice, replace it with a different medium-grain rice. You can also use long-grain rice, but I prefer the medium-grain texture for this recipe.
When scooping out the marrow flesh to create the 'boat shape,' be careful not to scoop too much. It would be best to leave at least a 1/2-inch layer around the outside of the marrow. This will ensure that the marrows hold their shape during baking.
What kind of marrows are best for stuffing?
Medium-sized marrows are best for this recipe. Make sure they are firm and fresh. If they're too big or overly ripe, marrows may have a watery texture and may not hold their shape well when stuffed and baked.
How do you prepare marrow to be stuffed?
Using a sharp chef's knife, carefully cut the tops off the marrows, then cut them in half lengthways. Then, using a high-duty ice cream scoop, remove the insides, taking care to leave about 1/2 inch thickness remaining.
What can you do with a marrow?
All kinds of things! For me, stuffed marrow is one of the most delicious recipes and showcases just how great an ingredient this underused vegetable is.
You can also use marrows to make soup, curry, chutney, and many other fantastic dishes. I have included my recommendations below for the best marrow recipes.
What is glutinous rice?
Glutinous rice, also known as sticky rice, is a medium grain rice that's traditionally used by many cuisines around the world. It's notably used in Greek cooking, as well as Thai and Japanese cuisines. Glutinous rice brings a unique texture, and is perfect for cooking in a mince sauce – ideal for stuffed vegetables recipes such as this one.
You can use long grain rice for this stuffed marrow recipe, but for me, glutinous rice is key because it gives you that perfect taste and texture that you get from traditional Greek cooking. So, it's definitely worth getting hold of glutinous rice.
You should be able to get hold of glutinous rice in most good supermarkets. If not, you can buy glutinous rice online.
More marvellous marrow recipes
Marrow is such an underrated vegetable! Here are a few other suggestions on how to get the best out of marrows:
- Marrow soup
- Marrow gratin
- Sautéed marrow seeds
- Roasted marrow seeds
- Marrow curry
- Marrow chutney
- Marrow cake