Friday, July 29, 2011

Corn and Squash

As a child I had a healthy appetite for vegetables. In fact, if you were to ask 7 year old Staci what her favorite food was, I would have answered "Collard greens!" My mother also loves veggies and was very pleased to have a daughter who shared this interest, especially since my father did not. Whenever Dad was out of town for a weekend or week, at least one night Mom and I would declare to be veggie night and our entire meal would be based around the fresh veggies that we loved.

Corn and squash was always an essential component to those special mother-daughter veggie nights. This recipe is a Thrasher family original passed down from my grandmother to my mom and then to me. It's always made in a cast iron skillet (although a regular skillet will also work if a cast iron skillet is not available) and typically bacon grease is used in place of the healthier coconut oil listed in the recipe below.

As I made this dish to compliment a lovely rotisserie chicken purchased at Eatzi's the other night, the smells quickly brought me back to the days of my youth, standing by my mother's side as she prepared veggie night dinner for us both. Fortunately for me, Robert also loves vegetables and who can resist this delicous corn and squash side when made with fresh corn and squash direct from the farm in my produce share? Certainly not me, that's for sure.

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Corn and Squash

4 ears of corn, kernels cut off the cob
4-5 small yellow squash, sliced
1 1/2 cup milk (I used 2% since it's what I had on hand)
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
1 teaspoon pepper (plus more to taste)

Heat the coconut oil in the skillet over medium high heat.
Add the corn and saute until the kernels have absorbed most of the oil, about 5 minutes.
Add the squash,
 milk and salt and pepper.
Bring to a low boil.
 Cook, stirring frequesntly for about 20 minutes until the corn and squash have cooked through and the milk has reduced in half.
Serve with your favorite protein and enjoy. While this may not be the prettiest side dish, it is absolutely delicious.

1 comment:

  1. Staci, this brought a smile to my face! I would have given anything to have sat at your dinner table that night. Love the iron skillet. PePaw would be proud of your love of his skillet! I'm glad Robert enjoys veggies as much as you and I do. MOM