By Carl Hanson

Drowning in zucchini? We've got your lifeline.

About that zucchini you planted in the garden earlier this year, it's kinda taking over, isn't it? By August, the fear of being squished under a mountain of summer squash seems all too real. No way to zoodle yourself out of this one; you need a Plan B.

Luckily, there's a holiday that solves this problem. It occurs every summer on August 8: "Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day" —a holiday that needs little further explanation, though it's worth noting that porches are not technically required. Any doorstep will do. Even an unlocked car. Go ahead—rid yourself of excess bushels of zucchini. Because sharing is caring.

And because a food holiday without tasty recipes is just too sad to contemplate, here are some 5-star zuke recipes we're loving this summer. Feel free to share them with your newly zucchini-laden neighbors.

1. Sweet Zucchini Relish

"My mother's sweet zucchini relish is a family favorite. It's delicious on hamburgers and hot dogs." — Gail

Related: Get tips for canning and preserving summer's bounty.

Photo by Meredith

2. Blueberry Zucchini Bread

"Blueberries and zucchini baked up into delicious little summertime bread loaves!" — Laura Moody. Tip: Make lots of mini loaves now and freeze them for later.

Related: Check out 20 of our favorite zucchini bread recipes.

3. Shrimp Florentine with Zoodles

"This was so good. My husband is not a pasta fan but he really liked the Zoodles. Score one for me! I took the hint from one of the reviewers and sautéed the shrimp and spinach part first. When I cooked the zoodles, I left out the water. The zoodles cooked out enough water anyway.i." — skyvalleygal

Related: How to make zoodles, plus favorite recipes to try.

4. Fresh Corn and Zucchini Saute

"This is a great way to use two of the season's most bountiful crops. Kernels of corn fresh from the cob and tender zucchini are put to wonderful use in this simple and satisfying summer side dish." — Sara B.

Photo by Allrecipes

5. Stuffed Zucchini

"Yummy! Even my kids loved it! I served this with garlic bread and pasta. I cooked the sausage mixture first and reduced the baking time to 30 minutes." — Jill

Related: How to make the best stuffed zucchini.

6. Zucchini Patties

"These cheesy patties are an excellent way to use up that abundance of zucchini from the garden. Serve with a bit of tomato sauce or sour cream dabbed on top." — Sherlie A. Magaret

More to Explore

• Check out our collection of zucchini recipes. And for much more on summer's most popular squash, including how to pick, prep, and cook it -- along with bushels of top-rated recipes -- check out our Complete Guide to Zucchini.
• Looking for out-of-the-ordinary zucchini side dishes? We've got them!

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