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6 Outstanding Ways to Enjoy Summer Zucchini

About that zucchini you planted in the garden earlier this year, it's kinda taking over, isn't it? By August, the fear of being squished under a mountain of summer squash seems all too real. No way to zoodle yourself out of this one; you need a Plan B.

Luckily, there's a holiday that solves this problem. It occurs every summer on August 8: "Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day" -- a holiday that needs little further explanation, though it's worth noting that porches are not technically required. Any doorstep will do. Go ahead -- rid yourself of excess bushels of zucchini. Because sharing is caring.

And because a food holiday without tasty recipes is just too sad to contemplate, here are some 5-star zuke recipes we're loving this summer. Feel free to share them with your newly zucchini-laden neighbors.

1. Sweet Zucchini Relish

"My mother's sweet zucchini relish is a family favorite. It's delicious on hamburgers and hot dogs." -- Gail


Zucchini Relish

Photo by Meredith

2. Blueberry Zucchini Bread

"Blueberries and zucchini baked up into delicious little summertime bread loaves!" -- Laura Moody


Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Photo by Allrecipes

3. Spicy Butter Zoodles

"Sometimes less is more, and this is one of those recipes. Easy and fast to prepare, and the butter brings out the fresh flavors. A delicious way to change up the bounty of summertime zucchini." -- Baking Nana



Photo by Meredith

4. Fresh Corn and Zucchini Saute

"This is a great way to use two of the season's most bountiful crops. Kernels of corn fresh from the cob and tender zucchini are put to wonderful use in this simple and satisfying summer side dish." -- Sara B.


Fresh Corn and Zucchini Saute

Photo by Allrecipes

5. Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

"These muffins are packed with zucchini, chocolate chips, and walnuts and make a perfect on-the-go snack." -- edhoward


Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Photo by Jenny

6. Zucchini Patties

"These cheesy patties are an excellent way to use up that abundance of zucchini from the garden. Serve with a bit of tomato sauce or sour cream dabbed on top." -- Sherlie A. Magaret

• Check out our collection of zucchini recipes. And for much more on summer's most popular squash, including how to pick, prep, and cook it -- along with bushels of top-rated recipes -- check out our Complete Guide to Zucchini.
• Get tips to make the best zucchini bread.
• Looking for out-of-the-ordinary zucchini side dishes? We've got them!

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