Stuffed Eight Ball Zucchini

Stuffed Eight Ball Zucchini |

The name of this zucchini is so funny, isn’t it? We laughed when I found on the Internet that it is called 8 ball zucchini. I wonder if there is a story behind this name. I love its name as much as how it looks. They are so lovely!
These zucchinis are not that popular in my city, and I had never tried to cook them until today. I saw them stuffed on several food blogs. I must admit that I envied these bloggers every time I saw these cute balls and said internally: “I wish I could find 8 ball zucchinis here!”

We received a package of fresh foods from mom II today. A great fresh fragrance welcomed us as we opened the package. There were fresh and organic tomatoes, green peppers, artichokes, several fresh herbs, topinamburs, green olives, dried figs, goat cheese and some homemade bread in the package. They are all in the kitchen and I can’t wait to try them all! However, one of the vegetables in the box was a great surprise for me and it made me much happier! She sent 2 eight ball zucchinis with a note on them. The note says “These zucchinis are already in the fridge, that’s why I’m sending only two. I thought you will like these ball shaped zucchinis. The small one is for you, the bigger is for my son. Enjoy!” I couldn’t believe! We hadn’t talked about these zucchinis before, she just anticipated that I would love them. How nice!

I had been planning to use bulgur when stuffing vegetables for some time, so I made these stuffed zucchinis with bulgur and mince for the first time. They were absolutely scrumptious! I already had 4 green bell peppers, so I stuffed them with the same stuffing mixture.

Check out Zucchini Fritters to use up the insides you scoop out.

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Stuffed Eight Ball Zucchini
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Serves: 6
  • 2 eight ball zucchinis
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 1 cup water
  • 150g mince
  • 100g bulgur
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ tbsp pepper or tomato paste
  • ½ tbsp extra pepper paste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (extra)
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ bunch of parsley, chopped
  • ¼ bunch of fresh dill, chopped
  • a few fresh mint sprigs, chopped
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • cumin to taste
  • dried thyme to taste
  • salt to taste
  1. Cut the tops of zucchinis and peppers, but do not throw them away. Scoop out the insides of zucchini and remove the seeds of peppers. You can use the zucchini insides making zucchini fritters if you don’t want to waste them.
  2. Mix all ingredients and stuff zucchinis and peppers with this mixture. Do not overfill them, leave about ½ inch to their tops as bulgur will rise when cooked. Place stuffed vegetables into a pot.
  3. Loosen pepper paste in water and pour it on the stuffed veggies. Cook it over medium heat for about 40 minutes until they get soft enough.
  4. Drizzle them with 1 tbsp olive oil when cooked. Serve warm with a dollop of yogurt.


  1. Kate says

    I’ve never noticed these 8 ball zucchinis at the markets/stores!?! I wonder if I will find them so I can try your recipe! I’ll be on the lookout!

  2. says

    I have never seen zucchini shaped like this before – love it. Nice instead of stuffed peppers.

  3. says

    Ne lezzetli olmuştur sevgili Zerrin, afiyet olsun size…
    Çok severim etli dolmayı, ben de birazdan kuru dolma yapacağım. Sevgiler.

  4. says

    This shape really lends itself to stuffing. I haven’t tried ‘eight ball’ before but I’ve grown courgette Ronde de Nice which is similar and very easy to grow from seed. I haven’t any bulgar in the cupboard so I’m going to try your recipe substituting quinoa instead.

  5. OysterCulture says

    Zerrin, I love the fixings you selected to add to your 8 Ball. They look just delicious!

  6. Jenny @ meltingbutter says

    wow, I have never actually seen 8 ball zucchini! gonna keep a look out now…

  7. says

    I would love to be able to find these cute zucchinis! They’re really adorable and the stuffing sounds delicious, Zerrin!

  8. says

    I’ve never heard of ball zucchinis either! But they sure do look delicious (especially with that stuffing inside!) What a lovely gift to receive in the mail. Thank you so much for sharing this with me! I hope you have a lovely week!


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