Monday, June 18, 2012
Sauteed Garlic Scapes & Summer Squash
1 yellow summer squash
1-2 garlic scapes
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt & coarse ground pepper to taste
1. Wash and thinly slice squash into medallions. I sliced my about 1/8 inch thick. Whatever thickness you cut them, make sure it is uniform so they cook at the same speed.
2. Heat a good drizzle of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-low heat.
3. Once the oil is warmed, add in the squash and cook for 2-3 minutes while flipping every so often.
4. While the squash is cooking prepare your scapes. Make a cut just under the base of the flower and discard. Cut the scapes into 1-2 inch long sections. Toss the scapes in with the squash, give the pan a good shake to mix in the scapes well. Add a splash more olive oil if necessary. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for another 5-7 minutes. The squash should be tender [browning a bit] and the scapes should turn bright green. Sauteing scapes is similar to cooking asparagus. You don't want to overcook it, or it'll become stringy.
Tip: I put leftovers of this saute into the refrigerator and for lunch the next day I discovered it to be fantastic as a cold summer salad. I sprinkled on a handful of freshly chopped mint from my garden and and dug in. Yum!
LIVING SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE