Top 9 Zucchini and Squash Recipes From Eastern Europe

Eastern Europeans are gardeners extraordinaire. And even if they live in an apartment without a garden patch, they grow amazing fruits and vegetables in containers on their back porches and even indoors. While zucchini and other squashes originated in the Americas, the variety we today know as zucchini was brought back to Italy and cultivated there. Zucchini probably came to Poland and other parts of Eastern Europe by way of Queen Bona Sforza, Italian royalty who married King Sigismund (Zygmunt)...MORE I (the Old) in 1518. Here is more about squash and here are some of my favorite Eastern European zucchini and summer squash recipes.

  • 01 of 09

    Croatian Zucchini Roulade Recipe - Brz Slijed Tonova Od Tikvica

    Croatian Zucchini Roulade. © Barbara Rolek

    This Croatian zucchini roulade recipe makes a tasty appetizer or main course offering. It's filled with seasoned ground meat, sauce and topped with cheese.This great recipe for using up an abundance of zucchini reheats well.

  • 02 of 09
    Stuffed Zucchini. © Barbara Rolek

    Hiding foods in other foods is a quintessential culinary surprise among Eastern Europeans, consider pierogi, dumplings, stuffed meat rolls, dessert roulades and much more. This recipe is just another example. It can be made with young eggplant or the overgrown kind.

  • 03 of 09

    Zucchini 'Pie' Recipe

    Zucchini Pie. © Barbara Rolek

    This zucchini pie/quiche makes its own crust with the aid of a purchased baking mix like Bisquick. I've tweaked this tried-and-true recipe from the '70s with Eastern European ingredients. It's phenomenal.

  • 04 of 09
    Zucchini-Potato Pancakes
    Zucchini-Potato Pancakes. © Barbara Rolek licensed to, Inc.

    Poles grate any number of vegetables -- potatoes, carrots, parsnips, zucchini, pumpkin and others -- and form them into pancakes. This egg-free recipe is made as one whole pancake and cut later into bite-size pieces, but the batter can certainly be portioned into individual pancakes to be eaten as a vegetarian main course.

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  • 05 of 09

    Czech Zucchini-Corn Fritters Recipe - Cuketa Kukuřice Lívance

    Czech Zucchini-Corn Fritters
    Czech Zucchini-Corn Fritters. © absentmindedprof on Flickr.

    This recipe for Czech Zucchini-Corn Fritters is made with grated zucchini and fresh sweet corn kernels. It's a delightful change of pace that can be eaten as an appetizer, side dish, snack or main course vegetarian offering.

  • 06 of 09

    Polish Zucchini Quickbread Recipe - Słodki Chlebek Z Cukinią

    Zucchini Bread
    Zucchini Bread. © Barbara Rolek licensed to, Inc.

    This Polish zucchini bread recipe falls into the quick bread category of desserts because it's made quickly and is usually baked in a bread loaf pan. Most quick bread call for oil but I prefer to use butter for a less oily mouthfeel.

  • 07 of 09
    Serbian Vegetable Casserole or Djuvece
    Serbian Vegetable Casserole or Djuvece. © Barbara Rolek licensed to, Inc.

    This recipe for Serbian vegetable casserole uses summer's bounty -- zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, celery, potatoes, onions and green pepper. The dish is started on the stovetop and then mixed with rice and baked. It makes a great tasting dish or vegetarian main course.

  • 08 of 09

    Hungarian Chilled Summer Squash Soup Recipe - Hideg Kapros Tokleves

    Hungarian Chilled Summer Squash Soup or Hideg Kapros Tokleves
    Hungarian Chilled Summer Squash Soup or Hideg Kapros Tokleves. © Barbara Rolek licensed to, Inc.

    This Hungarian recipe for chilled summer squash soup is creamed and spiked with the ubiquitous Hungarian herb -- dill.

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  • 09 of 09
    Serbian Potato-Stuffed Peppers
    Serbian Potato-Stuffed Peppers. © Vlada Vladic, used with permission.

    This recipe for Serbian potato-stuffed peppers is from Vlada Vladic, who was born in Serbia. She adds tuna to this dish plus grated zucchini to pack protein and veggies into the meals for her young children.