Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dirt to Table Experience: Summer Squash Sauté

Usually by this time in the summer harvest you are leaving baskets (plastic bags in my case) of summer squash on your neighbors doorstep, ringing the doorbell and departing quickly.  Squash can be the summer gift that keeps on giving and giving, and giving...You get the picture.

This summer not so much. We harvested a bucket or two but not much more. I blanched and froze a fews quarts of yellow squash for later.  My husband then took a few remaining fresh squashes and prepared this side dish, a mix of yellow squash and zucchini, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, and red pepper flakes. Finishing touches were Parmesan cheese and almonds folded in at the end to make for an absolutely delightful summer side dish.



Summer Squash Sauté
Serves 4
Recipe from Bon Appetit


Ingredients:
2 lb. summer squash and/or zucchini, cut into matchsticks (note: best done by a mandolin or food processor)
1 tsp. kosher salt plus more
1/4 cup sliced almonds
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Place squash in a colander set in the sink or over a large bowl and toss with 1 tsp. salt.  Let squash stand 10 minutes, then squeeze well to remove as much excess moisture as possible (do not rinse).

Meanwhile, toast almonds in a large dry skillet over medium heat, tossing occasionally, until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.  Transfer to a plate; let cool.

Heat oil in same skillet over medium heat.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until fragrant but not browned, about 2 minutes.  Add squash and cook, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.  Fold in Parmesan and season with salt and pepper.  Fold in almonds.

Enjoy!

22 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

We just picked up summer squash from the farmer's market this morning along with the first, vine-ripened tomato. Joy!

Best,
Bonnie

Hungry Dog said...

I wish I had a neighbor like you, bearing delicious gifts! In any case this looks lovely--I think the almonds and the parmesan make the dish.

Big Dude said...

There's three of us living here that all garden and we're forever trying to give each other squash - so I'm not growing any and still getting plenty. I am getting gobs of cukes though. Your casserole looks like a good use for the squash.

Dining Alone said...

I wish I could grow vegetables! This looks so tasty.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I love the idea of the almonds in this, yum yum. Have a good day, Diane

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Love the almonds and a little heat from the red pepper. Makes me wish we had a garden.
Sam

We Are Not Martha said...

I'm always looking for things to do with a plethora of squash and this looks pretty perfect!

Sues

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I love the simplicity of this recipe - that's the best part about summer, because so many recipes let the flavors speak for themselves!

Martha@SeasideSimplicity said...

Sounds delicious Velva. One of these days I'm going to get my garden going again!

Michelle said...

I had something very similar tonight. Summer squash is such a treat!

tasteofbeirut said...

sounds greaT!with all the squash we harvest up here this is a dish I will be trying, soon/maybe even in the next couple of days. thanks

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

This looks good. I like how it sounds.

Farm Girl said...

It looks yummy.

Mr. & Mrs. P said...

We havent had to much success with out garden this summer. Its just been so hot and humid but little rain.. even though we water the plants wilt... =(

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, This is a great side dish. It seems the summer is passing by too quickly. There are so many good summer dishes to make and not enough time. Blessings dearest. Catherine xo

Ann Jones said...

It's an off year around here too. The high heat and constant rain has led to blight on so many vegetables. I love summer squash, your recipe looks great!

Erica said...

Wonderful flavors,Velva!Great summer dish!

Karen said...

That's a perfect summer dish. Our zukes are flowering, so it won't be long!

Mary Lee said...

Last week I tried a squash recipe from one of the Silver Palette cookbooks. It had olives in it! Strange, but I liked it. This one sounds good, except for the mandolin part. I consider that sucker a deadly weapon.

That Girl said...

Oh I can't get enough of summer squash.

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Julie said...

I have summer squash from our CSA and am always looking for something new to try. This looks delicious.

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