Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Squashed for Time

A last minute thought for those who’ve been tasked with bringing a dish to the Thanksgiving feast, you can bring the third iteration of green bean casserole, always a party favorite, or be daring and bring something original – squash. Very likely served in some form or other at the original Thanksgiving bash, squash has been a staple in the Americas since first domesticated around 5000BCE. There are many varieties to choose from, all delicious and yet good for the body as well.

This simple stir fry calls for 2 zucchini, 2 yellow squash, 1 chayote (ties to the valley as the newsies like to say), 1 cup crimini mushrooms, 1 coarsely chopped red bell pepper, 1 small quartered red onion, 1 Tbs chiffonade of fresh basil, ¼ cup unsalted cashew, and 1 TBS olive oil – salt and pepper to taste. If you want to add a twist to this you can add some cubed smoked sausage to the mix as well. Quarter and cube the squash so the pieces are relatively uniform. Heat wok (medium heat) or steep sided pan, add oil, toss in all ingredients and lightly stir fry. I prefer to have the squash crunchy, so there’s no need to fry the life out of it, just heat it through. Squash comes from an Indian word meaning “Green thing eaten raw", so you don’t have to beat it to death. Serve hot out of the wok, or re-warm prior to serving at the party.

This side is quick, easy, serves up to eight and won’t be lost among the humdrum green bean/fried onion crowd on the vegetable table…

32 Comments:

At 4:58 AM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

Or you can eat it raw.

Flaming lambs indeed!

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger /t. said...

i have a
recipe for
squashed lamb

/t.

 
At 8:44 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

ll: maybe inflammable lambs?

/t.: You can find those along the side of any busy highway...

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger TK Kerouac said...

I mush my squash with carrots and a little brown sugar, mmmmm
This recipe looks yummy
Have a great thanksgiving.

 
At 9:03 AM, Blogger Kate said...

ohhh you boys are bad... I actually thought you wrote inflatable (sp) lamb! lol

Your veggie casserole sounds great! I love sausage! I bet it would be great with Pancetta too!

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

tkk: The chayote gives a sweet note to the mix, but brown sugar and squash were made for each other.

kate: Inflatable inflammable lamb?? The dish started out as filling for lasagna, the sausage came as an after thought - I usually use Linguica.

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger evalinn said...

I love cooking posts! Have a great Thanksgiving.

 
At 3:02 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Yummmmmmm.

Happy Thanksgiving Phos.

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger Ruela said...

you are cooking the turkey...oh sorry...the lamb?


Bon appétit my friend

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

sounds droolicious!


** Squash comes from an Indian word meaning “Green thing eaten raw",

wow didnt know that...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING PHOS enjoy!


Keshi.

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger nanuk said...

Sounds like a gour(d)met feast.

 
At 4:41 AM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

Ruela!

Phos, I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger Ruela said...

Little Lamb

oh! sorry ;))))))just kidding honey

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Ruela said...

Phos

You want to see photos of my land?

I live here:

http://www.av.it.pt/aveirocidade/


...at left has links...form top bottom, that they say:


Mapa - Map

História - History

Ria de Aveiro - Aveiro Estuary

Barcos - Boats

Cidade - City

Praias - Beach

Monumentos - Monument

Universidade - University

Zonas Verdes - Green Area

Azulejos - Glazed tile


or watch the film at right down there...just click


Have a nice trip ;)

 
At 4:09 AM, Blogger Pink said...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving Phos

I love stirfries - yumm!

xx
pinks

 
At 2:16 PM, Blogger caramaena said...

Hope you had a happy thanksgiving :)

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Becky said...

Seems no one has come out of their turkey coma long enough to write a new post since thanksgiving.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 
At 11:59 AM, Blogger nanuk said...

Hey Phos: time to put down that fork and step away from the table!

 
At 2:17 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

I made my butternut squash into something like mashed potatoes.

I like your idea better.

 
At 5:47 AM, Blogger wallycrawler said...

I like to cut the squash in half drop in alot'a butter and brown sugar. Bake on a roasting pan. Serve hot. MMMMM good!

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger Fuff said...

Yoooohooo, Phos.
Leave those chillis alone.

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger /t. said...

phos,

you are MIA!

/t.

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger Damsel Underdressed said...

Sounds yummy. Hope your Thanksgiving was filling. :)

 
At 7:44 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

Where are you? Why haven't we heard from you? Is your computer working?

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Becky said...

Just what the hell is going on here!? No excuses now, just get to writing! (I secretly hope that you're okay, but I'd never admit it)

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Chickie said...

*poke* *poke*

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

wheres ya mate?

Keshi.

 
At 5:53 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

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At 5:54 AM, Anonymous leelee said...

:-)

Just checkin' in!

HUGS!!

 
At 5:32 PM, Blogger Ruela said...

PHOS?

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger Ruela said...

Hi
Hi how are you
Liked that you wrote some words for the image that I made for your blog.

They will be next to image in an show… half of the next year

Thank you

Merry Christmas

 
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