Smothered squash is one of my favorite sides.
Whether you just picked up some squash or zucchini from the market or your CSA box was overflowing with these versatile vegetables, a Southern-style smothered squash (or zucchini) recipe might just do the trick.
Smothered Squash (or Zucchini)
- 6-8 squash and/or zucchini
- 1 large or 2 medium onions
- 1-2 peppers (bell or red)
- 1 tbsp honey
- ½ c wine
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- butter (optional)
- Seasonings (salt, pepper)
1. Prepare the vegetables
- Slice the squash/zucchini into ¼-inch slices medallions.
- Slice the onion into half-round slivers
- Chop or slice the peppers
2. Saute the squash/zucchini, onions, and peppers in 1 tbsp olive oil until tender (about 5 minutes).
3. Add honey and wine. For a richer flavor, add 1-2 tbsp butter. Turn the heat up and reduce (about 5 minutes).
4. Season to taste. If you like heat, cayenne is great condiment for this dish.
Add-ons and Substitutions
- Eggplant works nicely instead of or in addition to the squash/zucchini.
- If you don’t have honey, use brown sugar or agave.
- Add dried or fresh oregano or basil.
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This sounds delicious!! I’m going to share it w. a food group I’m in on FB!
Ha, boyfriend and I were just having a discussion about “smothered” as a cooking term the other day – he didn’t like it because he just can’t get past the more sinister connotations of the word “smother” out of the way.
The funny thing was that the conversation started because I referred to a chicken in gravy dish he makes, which is WONDERFUL, as “smothered chicken” and he got very confused ’cause he apparently never called it “smothered chicken” and had no idea what I was talking about until I said “You know, the one where you simmer the chicken slowly in its own gravy until it falls off the bone?”. That was a sufficient clarification. I on the other hand felt that “smothered”, as a food term, is almost as good a word as “braised” (oh god I love anything braised) – smothered in gravy, smothered in whipped cream, um yum yum yum yum.
I will try this soon, sounds delish (and simple)!