If you’ve been reading here for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve come across at least one comment I’ve made about squash in general. It’s something I didn’t learn to like until I was in my early twenties with two babies at home and a small garden that produced zucchini the size of battleships. I became quite adept at figuring out what to do with those behemoths, and more importantly, our resources were meager, so being creative with squash became a fascination in general.
It seems like that was a few lifetimes ago, and since then, although I continue to learn about and experiment with different kinds of squash, I am always amazed to find how good it really is even with very little preparation.
When the friend I was visiting recently on my trip east graciously allowed me to prepare dinner my last night with her, she volunteered to make a veggie side dish which happened to be squash. She used a julienne peeler tool I’ve had in my kitchen for several years and have been less than successful with to slice some zucchini she’d purchased from a roadside stand that day.
I’ve only recently tried spaghetti squash and love it, but this was so much more easy — no baking required! And yes, it really did remind me of pasta if I need to say that.
Have you tried squash prepared this way before?
- 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 T. shallot, minced
- 1 zucchini, julienned
- 1 crookneck squash, julienned
- ¼ red bell pepper, julienned
- 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
- squirt of fresh lemon
- salt & pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil, garlic and shallot in a skillet over medium heat stirring lightly about 1 minute.
- Add the squash and red pepper, stirring to combine the ingredients.
- Allow to cook just until heated through without browning.
- Pull the thyme leaves from their stems over the vegetable mixture and stir in.
- Season with salt & pepper to taste and finish with a squirt of fresh lemon juice.
- As ridiculous as it seems, I had to try my julienne peeler again as soon as I got home — or more accurately, figure out why I had given up so easily on the tool — especially when putting the grater wheel in my food processor is so much more trouble. I love my Microplane grater, but just can’t get the same thin effect with it. Chalk it up to a lack of patience as well as not quite trying it with the right type of food, perhaps.
- I was feeling a bit cocky after the squash was julienned because it worked so well, I decided to julienne red pepper for additional color and flavor boost. It worked on the squash, but on the pepper? Not so much — and the tool is pretty darn sharp, too. I’ll have to work on my technique, right?
- About the squash: I think I need to try this with a chunky marinara sauce just to see if it will taste as fabulous as I think it will. Or maybe treat it like I would pasta for macaroni & cheese. So many ideas to try now just because I figured out how to use this little tool. Go ahead an laugh — I’ll laugh with you. But stay tuned!
- And in case you don’t have a julienne peeler, here’s the one I have. Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler with Blade Protector Except mine doesn’t have the protector which would come in very handy.
- Do you have any kitchen tools hiding in your utensil draw you haven’t quite figured out or used as much as you thought you might when you purchased it? Do tell!
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