Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A Sticky Situation

The other day my mother-in-law gave me this homegrown squash (I have no idea what it's called, anyone have an idea?):

I often simply saute squash with some onions, garlic and a few tomatoes. The tomatoes, onions, & garlic make a flavorful sauce. However, I wasn't in the mood for sauteed squash, so I decided to experiment a bit and bake the sliced squash with some Parmesan cheese. Here is what I did:
  • I preheated the oven to 450 degrees.
  • In the meantime, I sliced the squash and rubbed it with a little olive oil and seasoned it with salt and a little pepper.
  • Next, I put some Parmesan cheese on each slice.
  • Once the oven was preheated, I put the squash in the oven for 12 minutes.
  • I turned the squash over and put cheese on the other side.
  • After another 10 minutes, the smell in the kitchen was intoxicating. It smelled like melted cheese... However, I was afraid the Parmesan cheese was forming a permanent bond with the cookie sheet...
  • I loosened each slice from the cookie sheet to make sure I could remove it later.
  • I baked the squash for another 10 minutes.
  • I topped the squash with some Tomato Almond Basil Pesto.
  • The pesto and the squash went really well together, and everyone liked the dish. :o)

What I'll do differently next time:
The biggest problem was that the cheese stuck to the cookie sheet once I turned over the slices. It didn't really affect the outcome of the dish, and in fact, having some Parmesan cheese on both sides of the squash was nice in terms of flavor! However, cleaning the cookie sheet afterward was hard work! So next time, I will only put Parmesan cheese on one side, after I have turned the squash. I will then turn up the heat a bit to make sure the cheese gets nice and golden brown.

Questions: Do you like squash? What is your favorite squash dish?

Be well,


  1. Holy cow!! That thing is huge, and the recipe sounds/look delicious. I really love squash. My favorite is acorn squash. I cut it in half, cook it for about 20 minutes to get it soft, then add brown sugar and margarine to the center of the squash and then cook it for another 30 minutes. Then I eat it right out of the center of the squash, it's SO SO good!

  2. They look delicious! I love the addition of the pesto - so pretty :)

    My favorite squash dish is made by my Gram. She layers zucchini, tomatoes and thinly sliced potatoes, adds breadcrumbs and parmesan and bakes it in the oven. It is so good! I could eat the whole pan!

  3. That looks pretty delicious! I used to hate squash, but now that I'm in the official South, I've learned to like it.

    Isn't that some type of zucchini squash? I'm not sure. Anyway, I usually sautee it in some vegetable broth, with onions. It's yummy, and the kids like it too!

  4. Those turned out beautiful!

    have you seen those Silicon baking sheets? I have a few and I normally line my cookie sheets with them and NOTHING sticks.... and even if it did you just plop it out and soak it for a bit and wipe it off!

    If my Mother In Law gave me a unidentified squash...I would have grilled it! that's my squash making technique of choice! yours looke tastier!

  5. What a creative way to cook your squash. It looks wonderful and tasty.

  6. Cool squash!! That's a big one. Almost like you can play ball with it. LOL. I second what cindy said. Those silicone mats are called silpat. They're awesome. Easy to clean and nothing ever sticks on them.

  7. Thanks for the silicon mats tip, Cindy & Jenn! I'll have to look for them...

    And I just love reading about everyone's favorite squash recipe... Lots of inspirations! Thanks! :)

  8. Anonymous8/19/2009

    That looks good! I have no idea what kind of squash it is!!

    I have two favorite squash dishes- one is simple grilled summer squash and zucchini.
    The other is summer squash casserole that a local restaurant makes- it is creamy and cheesy -delish!

  9. I'm actually not a squash fan. . . but these pics look good. I want to try making butternut squash french fries soon though.

  10. I have never seen a squash quite like that, but the dish you made with it looks great! I love squash just about any way it can be cooked. My favorite way to eat it is to use it as a sub for pasta and top it with pasta sauce and goat cheese.

  11. Anonymous8/19/2009

    Yum! That looks sooo good! I love squash.. I haven't had it for a while, but probably will now.. your posts always give me cravings! hahaha!! Least they're healthy cravings! ;)

    My mom used to make it with brown sugar & butter.. was soo good.. wouldn't do that now, but all the same, it was heavenly!

  12. Anonymous8/19/2009

    No idea what that is! I love a bunch of different kinds of squash, winter, summer, spaghetti, acorn.... ooooo so glad squash season is almost upon us!

  13. wow that looks beautiful, whatever it is!

  14. That recipe looks beautiful! It kind of looks like a spaghetti squash but it's green.. cool! haha.

    I LOVE squash.. I eat it grilled or if it's winter squash with nut butter!

  15. Looks good - love the little basil leaf, it's just the perfect finishing touch (and bite!)

    I like squash - pumpkin and zucchini are my faves.

  16. I envy your ability to just cook - like i'm going to take this squash and make something!! I need a recipe. A detailed one. And lots of measuring cups/spoons. And a scale! haha

    I like butternut squash for fries - SO good!

  17. No, No...keep the cheese on both sides but use parchment paper! My best friend introduced me to it and now I use it when cooking everything. It is FANTASTIC!!!! Nothing sticks anymore.

  18. What an experiment. It looks absolutely fantastic. I'm always looking for new recipes with squash, as I live in a farming town and some how I always have squash. :) Great job.

  19. My favorite way to prepare squash is just to grill it with olive oil, salt and pepper, but I love the idea of pairing it with the tomato pesto.

  20. this looks amazing! love all that cheese + veggie goodness! with pesto, mmmmmmm!

  21. Yum, that looks tasty! I've been getting lots of squash from the Farm Share so am always on the lookout for good recipes. My favorite right now is a stir fried version with a slightly sweet soy sauce blend.

    The farmer told me last week that he's growing butternut squash so we'll have those in the fall. Yum! I can't wait!

  22. Those look so tasty! And the color combination is so beautiful, what a feast for the eyes!