Walnut and Cumin Stuffed Marrow

A couple of blog posts ago I mentioned a rather large marrow that our family had recently entered into possession of. This dish is what I came up with. There seems to be little one can do with marrow, other than stuff it. To be honest, it is a rather tasteless fruit despite it being a member of the generally tasty squash family. However, it does have a great juicy quality about it which, when combined with appropriate ingredients, is rather pleasing. Indeed, in culinary terms one should consider it something of a blank canvas. I’m not sure if the Americans among us know exactly what a marrow is. Happily, I have recently been advised that it is essentially an overgrown courgette – zucchini to you defacers of the English language.

When devising and enacting this recipe, I had no idea what to expect. The result was, thankfully, pleasantly surprising. The filling packed just the right amount of punch for the juicy interior of the marrow. The cumin seeds lent a lovely warmth which perfectly complimented the underlying sweet, nuttiness of the walnuts. However, it must be remembered that when used in this way such flavours are quite subtle. As such, a strong cheese like parmesan or mature cheddar is ideally placed atop the marrow. Though, one must be careful not to overdo the cheese, otherwise its flavour may linger and overpower that of the cumin and walnuts.

For those of you who wish to make this dish but are struggling to find a marrow, I’m sure a similarly shaped squash or large courgette would fare just as well.

Walnut and Cumin Stuffed marrow

Serves 4-6


• 800g marrow, seeds scooped out and chopped into six chunks

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

• 1 heaped tsp of cumin seeds

• 100g walnuts, chopped until relatively fine

• 100g of bread

• Small handful of fresh sage

• 50g strong cheese, parmesan or cheddar

• Olive oil

• Seasoning


1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Toast the cumin seeds in a little olive oil until browned. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Tip in the walnuts, salt and pepper, then stir. Place the sliced marrow into an aptly sized oven dish and press the walnut and cumin stuffing into the space which has been left by the removal of the marrow seeds. Cover the oven dish in foil and bake for 40 minutes.

2. Food process the breadcrumbs until fine, then add the sage and pulse until it has been incorporated. Take the marrow out of the oven and scatter the breadcrumbs over the top, followed by the cheese. Season a little more and bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is golden brown.

Cost: It’s rather hard to estimate the cost of this dish since we had the marrow gifted to us. Supermarkets rarely sell them. However, I think an educated estimate of around £2.60 for this entire dish is reasonable.

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57 comments on “Walnut and Cumin Stuffed Marrow

  1. Chica Andaluza
    January 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I agree that marrow is like a “blank canvas” which is why I rather enjoy it…the filling you made looks and sounds tasty. In Spanish we don´t have a word for marrow (not sure that they now what it is other than a giant courgette!).

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:17 am

      Exactly. Thanks. I’m not sure anyone knows what it is…

  2. thecompletecookbook
    January 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Ooh what a delightful filling for a marrow – delicious!
    🙂 Mandy

  3. Jen R
    January 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Im a zucchini lover, but have not tried walnuts…will try…sorry I am a defacer, but I am also an Aussie 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Haha! You are forgiven. You must try walnuts, they are deeelish. You should try my next cake.

  4. RecipeAdaptors
    January 17, 2012 at 11:09 am

    My garden recently presented me with a 16-inch long zucchini (Oz version) – I think that qualifies as a marrow!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:16 am

      I think that it perhaps does. I didn’t measure mine… I should have.

  5. Bam's Kitchen
    January 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    When I was growing up my father had a garden and if we did not check the garden daily for new zucchini they could easily grow overnight to the size of a boat . What a great stuffing idea for a small mother ship, I mean zucchini

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

      They get so massive, it’s ridiculous. One big marrow could easily feed 8 people. They are extremely frugal.

  6. alternative eating
    January 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    This is something new for me, never prepared it like this:) It looks really good:) 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thanks! Perhaps you should, it tastes very nice.

  7. Just A Smidgen
    January 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    You’re too funny… I won’t deface any longer and shall embrace your “courgette” and “marrow”, although marrow for me suggests a bone of some kind:) I love what you’ve done. I agree, they can be somewhat plain in taste without a little tlc, and you’ve certainly done that here!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I’m glad you’ve not taken me too seriously, I think perhaps some have… google thought of bone marrow too.

  8. maria
    January 17, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    You know, when I looked at the picture, I could not figure out what it was…once I read some more, I realized that all of it put together created a very yummy recipe – thank you!


    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thanks! I know, it’s not perfectly obvious.

  9. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    January 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    That topping looks amazing, so does the whole dish. I too though went “marrow?” Got it now!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Thanks! Really?! I still don;t really know what it is 😀

  10. Juls
    January 17, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    This sir, looks fantastic. However I have a stupid man with a stupid nut allergy to cook for. Do you think I could substitute the walnuts for chickpeas? What would you recommend?

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Hah, thanks. I’ve been knighted. What a stupid man. Chickpeas would work wonderfully I’m sure! Bash them with a fork though, don’t process or you’ll be eating hummus.

  11. no money? no meat!
    January 17, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    That sounds and looks fantastic! I will have to keep it in mind for next summer. I almost always end up with several overgrown zucchini and I never know what to do with them. Thank you!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thanks! Well, there we go! I’m glad I’ve helped.

  12. Cayla
    January 17, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    wow! amazing!!!!

  13. k.m.
    January 17, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Pah, not defacers! Zucchini is a perfectly lovely Italian word, just as courgette is French 🙂

    Anyway, this “member of the squash family” looks really good. I think it would make an excellent vegetarian main course.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:12 am

      I know, I know! Actually, zucchini is a perfectly lovely Italian plural – it is often misused, kind of like panini. Not that it really matters. Sorry for not being perfectly clear about what a marrow is, I’m not perfectly sure…

  14. Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com
    January 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I’m not sure that this is akin to zucchini (ahk) or courgette as the flesh is a lot different, and the zucchini does not have seeds in the centre as I’m guessing your’s did since there is a void there now. The courgette has a very mild flavour and it’s flesh would cook very quickly and you can eat the skin, unlike squash. None-the-less, this stuffing would do justice to any member of the squash family, particularly on such cold, blistery winter days. And the photos are lovely.
    I’m doing my first giveaway and would love it if you would pop by and entre: http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/restaurant-review-ici-and-my-very-first-giveaway/
    PS, I’m a Canadian!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

      I think that if you let a zucchini over-grow it would have seeds – zucchini is an immature fruit, so it must have seeds in it somewhere. You can eat the skin of this squash by the way. Congratulations on your Canadian roots!

  15. Karista
    January 18, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I am constantly in awe of your culinary talents! This is brilliant and looks delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Hah, thanks! I’m in awe of the compliments I’m given.

  16. mbnilsson
    January 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I’m not sure why calling it another term equates “defacing” another language. At any rate, here is a link to an article that will clear up the differences between courgette, zucchini, and marrow.


    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:08 am

      For a start, it was nonsensical quip from a fairly anonymous Welshman. Secondly, that article you cited refers to them as vegetables, they are fruit. Thirdly, the Americans often do make a mistake – zucchini is the Italian plural. I understand the differences and the fact that a word in another language isn’t really an act of vandalism.

  17. thehealthyfitdiva
    January 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    I’ve never heard of a marrow…although like you suggested I’m sure this would also be delish with a different kind of squash

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Oh yes, it would. I’m not sure how available marrows are around the world…

  18. leaf (the indolent cook)
    January 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I like how hearty this looks. I should attempt more stuffed dishes!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Thanks! you should – it’s always fairly satisfying.

  19. Cara
    January 18, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Okay, you won me over at Cumin but then lost me at marrow. Regardless, I will make this meat free because this sounds fabulous!!!

  20. Cara
    January 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    And by meat free, I simply mean no cheese 🙂 P.S. Never heard squash be called marrow.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Cheese isn’t meat?! I’m a bit confused as to what a marrow actually is to be honest – as far as I know, it’s a type of squash.

  21. trixfred30
    January 18, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Perfect for my vegetarian Mrs!

  22. Conor Bofin
    January 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Very inventive. Spectacular output for the price.
    Well done,

  23. baconbiscuit212
    January 20, 2012 at 3:27 am

    As a Yank, I gotta’ say, that is one damn good looking giant zucchini!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 9:59 am

      Thanks! I don’t really have a problem with the word zucchini… although, in Italian zucchini is the plural – really you should call them zucchino.

  24. mamafritz
    January 20, 2012 at 3:48 am

    this sounds delicious! i have to say i was so confused when i first showed up because i thought you meant marrow bones! i’m such a silly american! however, i will be making this one for sure. (truth be told i may have made marrow bones too…)

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Thanks! Haha, no – thankfully. although, bone marrow really does add a lot to stews. You are 😀 I hope it goes well.

  25. Kay aka Babygirl
    January 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I’ve never had marrow before.. but this dish looks absolutely incredible. I believe I’m hungry again lol

    • frugalfeeding
      January 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Thank you! You should try it, it’s rather refreshing.

  26. Chilli Ninja
    January 21, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Fantastic way to jazz up the marrow!

  27. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    January 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Love stuffed marrow and this recipe sounds delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks! It was yummy, but rather different.

  28. dsimple
    January 23, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Looks awesome! And you’re right … this American had no idea what a marrow is … but zuchinni? Oh, yeah. Summertime staple around here.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks! Over-grow a zucchini and you’ll find out I suppose!

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