Introduction: Cooking With Power Tools: Stuffed Zucchinnis

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In this short photo Instructable, I will demonstrate how the (nearly) ancient art of Zucchini stuffing can be semi-automated with the help of an electric drill:

Also including: A secret filling recipe.


2-3 lb. light-colored Zucchinis

1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup cranberries
1 cup chopped coriander
Some ground black pepper and cumin, per taste

Cooking Marinade:
Lemon juice from 1-2 lemons
2-3 spoons sugar
4-5 spoons olive oil


Electric drill
15mm drill bit
Low cooking pot
Mixing bowl

Preparation (please see video and photos):

1. Prepare the mix
2. Drill the Zucchinis
3. Fill the Zucchinis
4. Lay Zucchinis in a low pot, pour lemon juice, sugar and olive oil
5. Cook on low flame for 1-2 hours until Zucchinis are soft

Tip: Don't skip the lemon and sugar. This is what gives this dish it's kick typical taste.
Tip #2: Ground meat or chicken can be used instead of the coriander


UseDaGreyMatter (author)2011-03-31

I have to admit, I never would have thought to do it like that and I have been cooking for almost 50 years Good job!

oavf8b (author)2011-03-31

That was too much fun. I look forward to you next 'ible' with a power tool! And more Syrian cuisine, please! It's nice to learn how people eat things differently, and yet, still similar.

mikeyj110 (author)2011-03-28

This is my new favorite instructable!!!!

Zombie_BBQ (author)2011-03-28

LOL! awsome its Tool Time meets Rachel Ray ..

sarahfish (author)2011-03-28

amazing! exactly what my cooking needs, more power tools!!!

also, excellent video instruction!

jrossetti (author)2011-03-28

Love this!

Power Tools Pro (author)2014-09-06

Food and power tools - my 2 favourite things.

darrenhall (author)2013-03-18

The other guys here have said it all - a mans instructable for men.

You are the Daddy.


Philisawesome (author)2012-08-26

That is the coolest, most unique way i have seen somebody prepare food, great job!

Cabe (author)2011-03-28

Perhaps some kind of belt sander potato peeler? Or a V8 powered Margarita blender....

zvizvi (author)Cabe2011-03-29

we had something similar to the belt-sander-potato-peeler in the army... I wanna do something that has not been done before.
I am thinking of cleaning artichokes with the help of one of those drill bits whose name in English I will never know (in Hebrew it is something like "cup drill bit") - attached a photo

Schober (author)zvizvi2011-03-29

In english it's called a hole saw.

zvizvi (author)Schober2011-03-29

(I would guess 10 other names before Hole Saw...)

vincent7520 (author)zvizvi2011-09-25

If you're interested it's called a "scie cloche" in French (ie. "bell saw")
Not of any help but if you collect the same from many other languages that may lead your inventive spirit to something new…
Who knows ?…

zvizvi (author)vincent75202011-09-27

It did have me thinking about bell peppers, but these are actually the easiest to stuff :) thanks!

vincent7520 (author)zvizvi2011-10-04

A "scie cloche" for bell peppers !… Of course ! … Why didn't I think of it myself ??…
:) :)

Cabe (author)zvizvi2011-03-29

In the UK we just call them hole saws.

I can see cooking becoming a full contact sport, I like it!

Treknology (author)Cabe2011-04-02

A commercial potato-peeler has rotor in the bottom that is covered in coarse material like a VERY ROUGH sandpaper.

vincent7520 (author)2011-09-25


Everything is crystal clear and, as said, there is no lapse in the recipe : much beter than with a step by step. The spirit of the recipe is here as well.


(By the way, I understand that you use a Makita drill… Willl the result be the same with a Dewalt ?…)

zvizvi (author)vincent75202011-09-27

thanks :)
Dewalt will certainly do for aubergines, I doubt if it could go through Zucchinis :)
(actually... I wish I had a Makita, this one's a cheapo Chinese make)

mbates3 (author)2011-09-17

I must say this is a first for me.I love to play around with cooking.I will be trying this in the near future.

zvizvi (author)mbates32011-09-17

great! leave a comment saying how it turned out :)

octollama (author)2011-08-29

This looks amazing!
I love zucchini
and I'm a vegetarian!
I will have to try this out soon :)

footework (author)2011-07-31

I loved this! The chef was easy to listen to and follow. I can't wait to see more of his recipes. Lucky girlfriend to have such a terrific guy!

sunshiine (author)2011-06-24

This is the best ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 Thanks so much for sharing your very hard work and time!

jongscx (author)2011-04-13

Oh cmon... the Proper way to do this would have been with a Pipe vice, a Drill press with a depth gauge, and some calipers to make sure you don't go through all the way...

Jk, but awesome idea to incorporate power tools into the kitchen :-P

scoochmaroo (author)2011-03-28

More cooking with power tools please!

arronsparrow (author)scoochmaroo2011-03-31

hi scoochmaroo

scoochmaroo (author)arronsparrow2011-04-01

hi :)

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mcmonte (author)2011-04-08

Yay, quicker dolmas!

chicopluma (author)2011-04-08

oh my, my dad is going to love this instructable now that he's our house chef

the5thone (author)2011-03-31

Why would you say to use a electric drill. "Thats so unsafe" . Electricity and water dosen't mix remember. You should have said a cordless drill.

aje127 (author)the5thone2011-04-05 don't have any appliances in the kitchen that are plugged in? no blender? no mixer? stop being so picky.

zvizvi (author)aje1272011-04-07

Well... I am picky, that's the truth. But I do have a cocktail blender tucked somewhere below, and a stick blender I hope to make my next 'ible with... It's so much hassle, anyway, just drying the thing takes up my entire dish rack. Plus, cutting by hand is so much fun... don't you think?

aje127 (author)zvizvi2011-04-07

I'm on your side zvizvi. I'm using my 'electric' drill. If the5thone thinks its so 'unsafe' then he/she doesn't have to use this instructable. I get so sick of people always pointing out stupid little knitpicky things like this. Yes, its an electric drill, and guess what EVERYBODY knows water and electricity doesn't mix. the5thone probably thought he was telling us something we didn't know. Jeez. Thanks for that BRILLANT insight the5thzone. Some people always like to put a negative take on other peoples inputs. I say people like that have 'short man syndrome' Always putting other people down so they can feel better about themselves. Zvizvi, I look forward to your other instructables using power tools. Keep em coming!!!!

zvizvi (author)aje1272011-04-07

Way to go, aje127!
I do think that feeling insecure while operating an electric drill is perfectly alright! it just means that this instructable isn't for that person, no? Also, I would not recommend using an electric/cordless drill on Zucchinis to just anyone - my assumption is that instructable readers are on average more comfortable with power tools than others...
btw the5thone's comment was only referring to using the term "electric drill" instead of "cordless drill" - a correction in place. so we might be barking under the wrong tree, after all :))

zvizvi (author)the5thone2011-04-02

Isn't a cordless drill a kind of electric drill?
Sorry, this is probably just my bad English

the5thone (author)2011-04-06

Duh!!! There is a differance between a battery powered drill and a electic drill, people!!!

aje127 (author)2011-04-02

You are the CUTIEST THING and I Love your accent. I have my drill, just need to purchase a new 'clean' bit, pick some zucchinis out of the garden and I'm ready to roll. Zvizvi, you need your own show on tv.

porcupinemamma (author)aje1272011-04-05

O.K ;0)... you said it for me (lol) I also think zvizvi is very cute and love his accent! (I can say these things to young men without any secret motives, since I am a happily married grandmother) My inside voice is saying 'Oh Behave Porcupinemamma!! lol ;0)

zvizvi (author)aje1272011-04-05

Thank you, aje127! You are too sweet :~)
And you're lucky you can do your own Zucchini picking... My garden mostly has herbs

porcupinemamma (author)2011-04-01

You are fabulous!!!!! Please make more Instructables! You have a Fan Club

zvizvi (author)porcupinemamma2011-04-05

:)))) Thanks, porcupinemamma! I am very happy to hear you liked it!

noahh (author)2011-04-04

For Halloween I carved a pretty good jack-o-lantern with a jigsaw and a power drill. It was very satisfying.

crestind (author)2011-04-04

If this was a show I would surely watch it.

Marsh (author)2011-04-02

Pretty cool. I'm inspired! You can actually drill the zucchini with just the drill bit. One should never hold the workpiece in your hand when using a power drill.

zvizvi (author)Marsh2011-04-02

thanks, Marsh!
that's a pretty good rule-of-thumb, but I think that considering the softness and density of the Zucchini, an exception can be made here, especially when working with a cordless drill where you can set the speed really low, if need be.

ianheavy (author)2011-04-01

Superb Instructable, can't wait to see the episode with the angle grinder!

On a more serious note, what size bit would you use with egg plant?


zvizvi (author)ianheavy2011-04-02

interesting question, hmm... I guess double the diameter or more
Just as a passing thought,
stuffed eggplants, as I know it, are prepared by cutting them to half, length-way, then scooping out some flesh, substituting it with wet filing (tomacto-souce based or other) and cooking them in the oven... I guess that eggplants need different cooking style due to their acidity - although it is possible to cook them in fluid as other vegetables, I would think they are better off in the oven or, better yet, on an open flame (my mom makes a very nice eggplant salad this way, with Tahini, lemon, garlic and parsley)

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