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Vegetarian stuffed marrow

I love stuffed marrow because the skin of the marrow gives a plate in itself - reminds me of eating food off banana leaves in India.  The stuffing can be cooked early on in the day and then assembled about an hour before you are ready to eat.  
  • half onion, chopped fine
  • dash olive oil
  • 2 tins of different types of beans of your choice (or the equivalent in weight of dried beans, soaked over night and then boiled)
  • half tin sweetcorn
  • half bottle passata
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • slug red wine if you have some lying around
  • seasoning
  • 1 large marrow
  • 60g fresh breadcrumbs
  • handful grated cheddar cheese
  • several tablespoons mixed chopped nuts if you can tolerate this sort of thing
  • a few small knobs of butter
  1. In a saucepan fry the onion in a dash olive oil until golden.
  2. Open and drain the bean tins and sweetcorn and add to the onion.  Add the passata, basil, garlic and wine and stir well. Season well and allow to simmer for 45 minutes or so. This can now be left until you are ready to assemble the marrow.
  3. Chop the marrow in half and then cut each half into half again, but lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and pulp.  This should leave you with 4 boats which you can place on a baking dish or onto a posh oven proof dish if you care what it looks like at the end.  
  4. Score lightly across the flesh to make hashes and then baste with a tiny bit of olive oil. 
  5. Put into a relatively hot oven for about 15-20 minutes or until the flesh is almost tender. 
  6. Meanwhile make the breadcrumbs, mix with the cheese and mixed nuts if using. Add a few tiny knobs of butter (or large knobs if you are feeling in an unhealthy mood).  
  7. Remove the marrow boats from oven and divide the bean mixture evenly between the boats. Any remaining bean mixture can be saved to freeze for another meal (would be great served with rice and salad). Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture and return to the oven for a good 20-30 minutes, checking regularly that it does not burn, until the breadcrumbs have browned and become slightly crispy.
  8. Serve each full belly a boat of stuffed marrow, chopping a little from each to give to the half belly.