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Monday, June 29, 2009

Eatwell Recipe 20: Grilled Summer Squash

This week's produce box contained a bag of the season's first summer squash. Although I am sure we will be sick to death of squash in just a few short months, I greeted this first collection of tender, little yellow and green bowling pins with pleasure.

First summer squash of the season

This is my favorite way of preparing summer squash. It's quick, simple and truly delicious. I've loved it ever since my mother-in-law prepared a bunch for a summer cookout a few years ago.

Grilled summer squash & zucchini

It's pretty easy to throw the squash onto the grill if you're barbequing other things but if you don't have a grill, you can also roast the squash on a cookie sheet in the oven with similarly tasty results.

This is such a simple recipe that I have not really specified any amounts below -- just adjust as needed based on how much squash you have to work with. The garlic is optional -- it will taste good with or without it. You can either eat these as a side or add them to some orzo, farro or quinoa along with some goat or feta cheese and basil for a delicious salad.

Grilled Summer Squash & Zucchini


* Summer squash and zucchini (or one or the other)
* Olive oil
* Sea salt
* Freshly ground black pepper
* Minced or pressed garlic (optional)


1. Slice the squash into 1/4 inch-thick ribbons length-wise (you could use a mandolin if you have one but a sharp knife will do the trick fine, too)

2. Toss the squash with olive oil to coat thoroughly and sprinkle with the salt, pepper and garlic (if you're using it).

3. Grill over the hottest part of the coals (or gas jets) for roughly six minutes or until black grill marks appear, turning once. Move to a cooler area of the grill and grill another four or so minutes, until fully softened.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds good, but I don't have a grill and I'm a lousy cook. Do you have a temp. and time to cook them in an oven. Thanks.