I started our summer squash late this year, but we’ve still ended up with bushels of it. Last year I posted about summer supper squash pancakes, and earlier this year I offered a can-less version of squash casserole. Of course, you can always sauté squash with onions, but why not go a little crazy and come up with a few more variations?
Earlier this week we had squash roasted with sweet onions, pimento pepper, a little chile pepper, and strips of turkey ham. The recipe is simple; just cut the onions into chunky slices (half the onion and then quarter and separate into leaves), toss with a little oil, and give them a head start them roasting at 400 degrees F while you cut the squash into nice chunks, the pepper into dice or slivers, and the ham into strips. Once everything else is prepped, toss it in with the onion, season to taste, and roast for about twenty minutes more. You can sprinkle fresh, chiffonaded basil or another fresh snipped herb across the top. I served ours as a side dish with spinach oyster soup, balsamic fig and bleu cheese salad, and crusty grilled bread. My husband said he could easily enjoy the squash dish as the whole meal. Of course, this squash dish with that characteristic Southern drawl used a lot of squash, but I still had a lot more.
What to do? How about squash stir-fried with Asian flavors? This dish is still based on onions and squash, but it’s definitely different from traditional Southern squash. Begin by slicing a sweet onion into thin slices. Stir-fry the onions in a blend of walnut oil, peanut oil, or vegetable oil and a tablespoon or two of toasted sesame oil. While the onions fry, cut your squash into chunks and sliver some crystalized ginger (yes, the candy ginger!), about two whole pieces per small squash (yielding a couple of tablespoons or three of slivered crystalized ginger). Add the squash and crystalized ginger slivers to the stir-fry along with a splash of good soy sauce and, if you want, a splash of hoisin sauce. Sit fry until a few pieces of the squash start get brown goodness. I served our Asian-flavored squash with citrus-glazed broccoli and ginger-sesame salmon.
What’s next? I’m thinking squash with scallops and grits and perhaps some yellow squash muffins on the side, with cheese to make them a savory addition to supper. I’m also planning on trying the squash relish that reader Regina posted for me in the comments of this squash post. And this fall without a doubt I’ll be making some squash dressing to go with chicken or turkey.
How do you use your squash bounty? What’s the weirdest thing you ever did with squash that tasted good?