Stuffed zucchini with minced meat & bulgur: Nazan Eckes cooks

Updated: 14.12.2022 – 19:55

Nazan Eckes cooks
Turkish zucchini stuffed with minced meat and bulgur

Nazan Eckes stuffed courgettes with minced meat and bulgur are served with tomato sauce.

Photo: Christian Verlag/ Florian Bolk

Nazan Eckes stuffed courgettes with minced meat and bulgur are served with tomato sauce.

Minced meat is not only a favorite ingredient in German cuisine, it is also often used in Turkish recipes. Today it comes in rolled zucchini slices, found in Nazan Eckes’ cookbook.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • For the stuffed zucchini:
  • 4 Zucchini
  • 250 g minced meat (beef)
  • 1 onion
  • 75 g Fine Bulgur for Meatballs
  • Salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • To serve:
  • dill spikes
  • yogurt
  • Mixed salad

Approximately per serving (without salad and yoghurt):

  • 268 kcal
  • 13 g Fett
  • 19 grams of carbohydrates
  • 17 grams of protein

And this is how it’s done:

  1. Wash and trim the courgettes. Then use a zucchini corer to carefully hollow out the zucchini without damaging the outer shell. Place the ground beef in a bowl. Peel the onion, grate or cut into very fine cubes and add to the minced meat. Add the bulgur and season with salt and pepper. Knead everything together to form a homogeneous meat dough.
  2. Fill the hollowed-out zucchini with the meat batter and place them in a suitable-sized saucepan.
  3. Mix the tomato paste with about 150 ml of water and pour over the zucchini. Cover the pot with a lid and bring to the boil once. Then simmer the stuffed zucchini for about 30 minutes at a low temperature. Halve the zucchini diagonally before serving.
  4. Place two filled zucchini halves on each plate and arrange the yoghurt next to them. Serve the yoghurt and salad separately.

The zucchini stuffed with minced meat and bulgur are also called bulgurlu kabak dolması. You can probably tell by looking at this name: We have Turkish cuisine to thank for the recipe – and Nazan Eckes, who wrote it in her cookbook “Happy. Healthy. Nazan.” has shared. The TV presenter traveled to her family’s homeland for her first cookbook, only to return with a suitcase full of traditional and modern recipes. She already knows many of them from her mother and has revealed in the book how she prepared them back then. By the way: Köftelik Ince Bulgur is fine bulgur for Köfte, which you can also replace with conventional bulgur if in doubt.

Good to know: Can zucchini actually be eaten raw? Most of the time you know the pumpkin vegetables cooked, but maybe they also taste good raw in a salad? We got smart, you can find the answer in the video:

Not only stuffed zucchini taste good with minced meat and bulgur. Many types of vegetables can be “stuffed” and filled with all sorts of ingredients. We’re thinking of ours Peppers with rice and salmonours baked butternut with millet and vegetables or gratinated pizza mushrooms with salami, tomatoes and pizza sauce. The following gallery shows you what else you can prepare in the oven:

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