Eight-Ball for Dinner

An 8-Ball squash is nothing but a fat zuccini. You can chunk them up and treat them exactly like zuccini when they’re small, but where’s the fun in that? The best way to cook them, best from a culinary experimenation standpoint, is to let them get bigger, say just over softball size, and stuff, or slice and stuff them. We’ve been doing the slice and stuff thing.

If you cut an 8-Ball horizontally, along the lines of latitude, you can see how they resemble fat zuccini.

Eight-Ball squash has Lots of big seeds.

Eight-Ball squash has Lots of big seeds.

The next step is to cut out the seed pod. This leaves a donut with a big hole, just begging to be filled by, for example, a hamburger patty. We cook the hamburger on one side beforehand, because the 8-Ball slice cooks quicker. Flipping it is tricky.

Looks like some kind of fried egg

Looks like some kind of fried egg

That’s basically it. You put in the center whatever strikes your fancy, and you fancy it up with whatever you like — mushroom and onion, for example, on a bed of spinach, with tomatoes.

Eight-Ball Florentine

Eight-Ball Florentine

If you have leftover mushroom and onions, you could always reheat them the next night with some edamame, and use that as the fill for another round of rings.

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