August . . . the time of year when I fear leaving home for a few days only to return to godzilla-sized squash. Even though we picked every eatable squash before we left Sunday night, on Thursday morning we found to our delight 5 more squash and only one that was on the very large spectrum.
Our mini beach vacation gave us the opportunity to lighten our squash load by 4 to give some of our bounty to Matt’s Grammy who had not yet had any squash this year! Here’s how we’ve been using the rest of it.
Squash numbers 43 & 44 became zucchini pancakes.
44 and 45 became another squash pizza, this one with roasted cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and homemade grass-fed cow’s milk mozzarella cheese.
46 and 47 were grated and cooked into a kid-friendly cornbread casserole. Using the last of my local cornmeal that came as part of a winter CSA and local dairy and eggs, this made an entirely local meal. We had it for breakfast, although it would usually fit in as a dinner side dish. This was a rare hit to my son who is really not feeling the squash as much as the rest of the family.
Cheesy Zucchini/Summer Squash Cornbread Casserole
- 2 medium squash shredded
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup plain yogurt or strained kefir or sour cream
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
- 1/4-1/2 tsp salt
- Let squash stand in a strainer for 10-30 minutes and then wring out the excess moisture. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Whisk eggs, then combine yogurt/kefir/sour cream, cheese, salt, cornmeal, squash.
- Pour into greased baking dish and cook for 25-35 minutes until begins to brown and knife comes out clean.
Squashes 48,49, & 50 became a really delicious zucchini chowder with tomatoes, corn, and cheese. Recipe via Simply in Season.
Squashes 51, 52, & 53 became a second delicious batch of zucchini pancakes.
Finally, squashes 54 and 55 became another raw squash salad dressed with a red wine vinaigrette and fresh basil.
Every day I remind myself, when you have squash, eat squash. Although it has already been quite a bit more squash than I imagined, I have really been enjoying it. But my squash recipes are definitely on repeat about now. Please share if you have recipes to help me keep up with this squashy garden of mine.