This baked marrow stuffed with leftover curry is a great way of making one of those gigantic marrows really tasty. It's also a healthy way to eat leftover curry!
A couple of week ago I took my children vegetable picking and we came home with a couple of gigantic marrows, also known as over grown zucchini! The only question I had was:
What should I make with marrow this year?
You see, we pick marrows at our local pick your own farm every year and as well as a few favourite recipes I love to remake, I also wanted to make something new. Last year I made a gorgeous Spanish rice stuffed marrow, the year before I made a kidney bean and mozzarella stuffed marrow and I've even stuffed a marrow with veggie chilli.
Why had I never thought to stuff the marrow with curry before?
After all, curries are one of my favourite meals and I love to make enough so we can enjoy the leftovers the next day. It seemed only natural that I should stuff my favourite late summer vegetable with leftover curry!
But how do you bake a marrow?
I know lots of people are a little bit reluctant to pick marrows as they just don't know how to cook them. Luckily, marrows are very easy to prepare and I hope I can inspire you to try one soon. Just:
- Cut the marrow in half lengthwise
- Use a spoon to scoop out the soft middle with the seeds in
- Place the two marrow halves on a lightly oiled baking dish
- Rub a little oil into the marrow
- Bake in the oven at 180C for about 50-60 minutes
- Put the stuffing in the marrow
- Return it to the oven for 15-20 minutes till it is thoroughly heated through
Can you prepare the baked marrow in advance?
Yes, marrows are ideal for preparing in advance. Bake the marrow and prepare the filling in advance. Put the marrow in the fridge with the curry or other filling inside it. If the filling is in the marrow it will soak into it and flavour it.
However, you can store the marrow and filling separately if you want. Take it out of the fridge and bake for half an hour to heat through thoroughly when you want to eat it. If you're pressed for time then you can reheat it in the microwave too.
Can you freeze the leftover baked marrow?
Yes, if you don't eat all the baked marrow at once then the leftovers can be frozen. I usually freeze them in individual portions for up to three months. Let the marrow defrost thoroughly and then bake in the oven for about 30 minutes at 180C.
How can you adapt this baked stuffed marrow recipe?
I've only included a very simple recipe for this baked marrow as the stuffing depends on what leftovers you have. You can use any leftover curry as a stuffing. Just follow the instructions for how to bake a marrow and then use whatever other filling you want. You don't have to stuff your marrow with curry. You could stuff it with any kind of stew you fancy!
Curry Recipes to Stuff the Marrow with!
If you're looking for curry recipes to stuff the marrow with then I have a whole post highlighting my favourite curry recipes. Do have a look for some inspiration!
If you want a healthy tomato based curry then my North Indian Chicken curry is great. For a richer tomato based curry then try my butter chicken curry. If you like lamb curries then you might like to stuff the marrow with this lamb meatball curry. Or for a vegetarian option then this butternut squash and chickpea curry is definitely worth trying.
Can you eat the skin of the marrow?
It depends on the marrow. Sometimes the really big marrows are still quite pale in colour and the skins are easy to eat. If the marrow is a darker green, the skin can be a bit tough.
Recipe for Baked Marrow with Leftover Curry
Baked Marrow Stuffed with Leftover Curry
- 1 marrow
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Pinch salt optional
- Pinch Black pepper
- 500 g leftover curry
- Preheat the oven to 180°c. Lightly oil a baking tray
- Cut the marrow in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and soft middle.
- Rub the olive oil into the marrow and season with a little salt and pepper, if using.
- Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Check with fork that the marrow is soft.
- Fill the marrow with leftover curry (or another similar kind of filling). Return the marrow to the oven for 20-30 minutes.
Do check out my other baked marrow recipes!
This Spanish rice stuffed marrow is one of the most popular recipes on my blog!