Mouthwatering stuffed vegetables to celebrate the harvest season

Succot, the Jewish autumn harvest festival, is surely party to some of the oddest practices in the Jewish calendar. If we aren’t parading round shul waving citrus fruits and bunches of foliage, we’re eating dinner in a draughty hut in the garden. To the untrained eye, we must look properly bizarre.

And yet, despite its oddness, Succot is definitely one of my favourite festivals. Eating in the succah is a last chance to have our meals outside, even though summer and its al fresco ways are really behind us. The kitschy decorations and fairy lights in the succah give every meal a party feel. And as we celebrate the autumn’s harvest, we get to tuck into some of the most delicious dishes in the Jewish cook’s repertoire.

In particular stuffed vegetables, symbolising an abundant and plentiful harvest, are a star attraction. Growing up in an ashkenazi household, we always had holishkes – stuffed cabbage rolls – but Jews from other backgrounds prepare stuffed peppers, tomatoes, vine leaves, and even stuffed potatoes. In recent years, sushi rolls have also become traditional Succot fare. 

So, to help inspire my (and your!) Succot menus, I’ve tracked down some of my fellow bloggers’ greatest stuffed vegetable recipes (plus a few of my own!), and here they are…

Stuffed vegetables, brimming with abundant fillings, are traditionally eaten to celebrate the autumn harvest. Tuck in to these delicious dishes and enjoy!

One of Kipper’s favourites – cheesy bulgar wheat and pesto stuffed aubergines.

Pesto & bulgar wheat stuffed aubergine (eggplant)

Gemista – Greek stuffed tomatoes (or peppers!) filled with rice and pistachios, from Lovely Appetite.

Or cider and barley stuffed tomatoes from The Veg Space.

Deliciously vegan pinto bean stuffed peppers, from Planet Veggie.

This lentil stuffed festive butternut roast looks beautiful! From The Veg Space.

My bulgar stuffed courgettes (zucchini) often appear at this time of year.

courgette stuffed with bulgar wheat, vegetables & pine nuts

Feeling Scottish? Vegan haggis stuffed mushrooms from Planet Veggie.

Yum! Baked onions with hazelnut, sultana and feta stuffing from The Veg Space.

There’s also my tomato & mozzarella stuffed mushrooms and hassleback stuffed aubergines, of course. And if that’s not enough, I have a whole Pinterest board filled with stuffed food for Succot! Be sure to follow for more seasonal treats and ideas.

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Chag Succot Sameach!

12 Comments:

  1. What a gorgeous collection of recipes! Stuffed vegetables is something I don’t do nearly enough. I need to remedy this! Thanks for all the fab suggestions!

  2. Loving all these stuffed vegetable dishes, my mouth is truly watering right now 🙂

  3. Oh these are awesome! Am so going to try some. Love the look of the baked onions!!
    Thanks for sharing my post
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  4. Janice @FarmersgirlCook

    Gosh, I didn’t know about that festival. Love all those stuffed veggies, so delicious

  5. What a lovely selection, there’s something so pleasing about stuffed and baked vegetables. Succot sounds fascinating, love any excuse to eat outside! Thanks for including my recipes.

  6. They do look delicious don’t they! I think I may have to try them too ?

  7. Mmm, I love stuffed vegetables so thank you for all the inspiration here! I’ve never stuffed an onion before, so I think that’ll be first on my list.

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