Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bushel of Squash

Last weekend we wanted to buy pumpkins. We go to a mom and pop roadside farm stand. The couple who run it are older and every year we wonder if it will be there (it is far from our house) This year when we came upon it, imagine our disappointment when there were no pumpkins and no farm stand. (I did hear it was a bad year for pumpkins so perhaps they will be back next year.) They did still have squash for sale so I bought a bushel of mixed squash for $10!!! There were 40 squash in there so they were $.25 a piece. I think this week Wegman's is asking $1.49lb! Take THAT!

However, this puts me in much the same position that I was a couple of moths ago with the zucchini. I've already given some to my mom. So far this week we have used 2.

Squash and Sausage Sautee
-1 Butternut Squash
-sausage of your choice-We used some spinach chicken sausage that I got on sale for $1.39!
-Garlic, Onions
-Olive oil, spices
-Grated Cheese

Peel and cut squash into pieces you want to eat. Microwave for 3-5 min with a little water. Meanwhile, cut sausage into rounds and cook in a little oil. Add Squash and garlic/ onions (we just use garlic) You can also throw in some chopped apple but totally not necessary. Cook until squash are the consistency you like. You may need to add a little broth or water to keep things cooking nicely. Throw in some herbs of choice (a little sage works great here) and top with some grated cheese! YUMMY

Tonight I made a very easy and basic Squash Soup

1 Butternut Squash
1carrot
1 celery Stalk
1Onion
Garlic
Olive Oil
Chicken Stock or Water
Herbs--I used herbs De Provence because we had them. You could use parsley, sage or whatever you like or omit them completely

Peel and cut squash into pieces you want to eat. Microwave for 10 min with a little water. Dice Carrot, Celery and Onion. Cook on Med with Garlic for 10 min. I like them to caramelize a bit. Add squash. Season with Salt and Pepper and Herbs of choice. Cover with chicken stock or water. Cook 10 min more. Remove from heat and let cool a bit. Puree. (I used a hand blender.) top with grated Parmesan if you have it!

5 comments:

Simple Blog Writer said...

I have a countertop full of squash I bought this week, too. Not at the good prices you got, though. I'll try your soup recipe. This week I baked the spagetti squash and used the leftovers in muffins. Added the squash along with some ground nuts and molasses to a typical muffin recipe. Very tasty!

Nice blog, btw.

Stephanie Dray said...

I'm going to be making a squash and italian sausage savory pie with asiago cheese this week, so this sounds very similar.

I sent Adam to the Wegmans in Hunt Valley to get winter squash like Sweet Dumpling, Delicata, and Carnival (all low in carbs). He said the person at the produce counter told them they only had zucchini.

I told him to keep looking, that I absolutely refused to believe that Wegmans didn't have any squash.

Sure enough, there was a huge display of it! I think in Rochester, the "We only have Zucchini" produce clerk would have been fired.

Anyway, I digress! I'll let you know how it turns out. I'm going to use Delicata.

Christine said...

We only have zucchini!! My GOD!!! I think Danny Wegman needs an email about that! :-)

I love Delicata! We made it last year in a gratin (It was a Wegman's recipe actually.) I'll have to dig that out again as it was delicious!

Stephanie Dray said...

Oooh, I'd love to see the gratin recipe. Since potatoes are out, at my house, that could become a staple.

Christine said...

Ok, I was a little confused, It was roasted Delicata Squash and a Spaghetti Squash Gratin (also low in carbs)

Here are the links to both:

http://www.wegmans.com/greatMeals/recipes/frameset.asp?recipe=8787&url=displayrecipe.asp&direct=false

http://www.wegmans.com/greatMeals/recipes/frameset.asp?recipe=6559&url=displayrecipe.asp&direct=false

Both of these are awesome and I guarantee that you will thank me for the spaghetti squash gratin after you have it!