October 11, 2012
Simple and Seasonal- Squash
Probably one of the first signs of fall arriving are the huge squash in the market. I call them pumpkins, but that confuses people. In Italian they are zucca. Zucchini are small squash.
There are so many types of these pumpkin like squashes, which in Italy are not the base for pumpkin pie, but rather were used during the war as a substitute for meat. Breaded and fried, like a chicken-fried steak, then slowly cooked in a tomato sauce. They are also used for soup ,risotto, pasta sauces or simply grilled as in the above photo.
This version is a Sicilian twist. Most people don't know that mint is used for savory in Sicily.
I adore it.
Sicilian Grilled Squash
you can use butternut squash or Kabosha or pumpkin.
Peel the squash and slice not too thinly.
Grill squash slices. I use my cast iron grill on my stovetop.
Drizzle with oil while grilling.
Place the squash slices in a container when done.
Splash with white wine vinegar and top with garlic slices and some minced mint leaves.
Salt to taste.
I make a lot as I can serve it on it's own or use as a pasta sauce, I love it with sausage and sage.
I hope you enjoy this simple recipe.
Cooking seasonally means quick simple recipes.