I used to plant zucchini in my floating garden, but they take up so much room. Now that I'm living almost full time at my cabin, I can use barrels for some of my plants. I bought two zucchini starts at the nursery and planted them in April in half of a 55 gallon plastic barrel. Now my plants have lots of leaves and fruits (yes, botanically they are fruits). If I don't pick them quick enough, some of them turn out to be "zucchinis gigantes," if you know what I mean. What to do with a zucchini of such proportions? Well, here's a tasty suggestion.
4 medium zucchini or 1 "zucchinis gigantes"
4 oz. hamburger
4 oz. Italian sausage
1 small onion chopped
1/2 bell pepper chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
3 tbsp. Italian seasoning herbs
salt & black pepper to taste
1 tbsp. olive or cooking oil
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
Return vegetables to the pan then add Italian herbs, salt, pepper and tomato paste. Cook on low heat and finally stir in a third of the cheese to help thicken the mixture.