Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lemon Basil Squash Ribbons

Summer squash is a wonderful veggie - it is an incredibly versatile crowd pleaser - great on the grill, and equally tasty raw, sautéed, or roasted. One of my favorite ways to prepare squash is to slice into thin, pasta like ribbons and sauté it lightly with some aromatics and herbs. A mandolin or vegetable slicing tool is useful in achieving thin and uniform slices, but you can also perform the task by hand with a sharp knife and a bit of patience. It is a great way to add some variety and panache to your side dish repertoire.

Lemon Basil Squash Ribbons (serves 4 as a side dish)
Olive Oil for pan
1 Large Yellow Onion sliced into half-moons
4 Large Garlic Cloves thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons White Wine (approximately, I just put in a good splash or two)
3 Medium Yellow Squash thinly sliced lengthwise (about 5 cups sliced)
¼ Cup Basil leaves thinly sliced
Juice from ½ a large Lemon
Sea Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Coat the pan with a little olive oil, add the onions and sauté until they are translucent (about 5 minutes), then add the garlic and sauté until the onions are beginning to brown slightly (about another 2-3 minutes). Add the white wine to deglaze the pan, and use a wooden spoon to scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the squash to the pan, tossing to combine with the onions (keep in mind that because the squash is very thin it cooks very quickly). Add the basil and lemon juice, toss well to combine. Remove from heat, and add salt and pepper to taste. Voila!

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  1. Oh my, this looks delicious!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe,
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  2. I like this because I love squash, it is light and it looks pretty. Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

  3. Thanks Kristin - Please let us know what you think if you try out the recipe!

    Chaya - I love squash too, and even though most would consider this a side dish, I often make a meal of it with a nice green salad - it is the perfect light summer supper.

  4. i have a huge squash right now ... might have to try this!

    visiting from tempt my tummy!

    the july giftaway is on! hope you'll enter!!

  5. Thanks for stopping by Christi and I hope you enjoy the recipe! P.S. Thanks for the

  6. We have wonderful squash from our garden right now and this will be the greatest recipe to try. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week. Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  7. I hope your weekend is wonderful too - please let us know how you like the recipe if you try it out!

  8. This looks delicious! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites! Please come back and link up again!