Holy Smother of Christ
Earlier in the week I gave you guys a little tease for my smothered squash recipe. Now that the anticipation has reached a crescendo, I’m ready to spill my secrets. Sorry I couldn’t respond to all your emails individually on this one, but the interest was just too overwhelming.
As you know, I had some beautiful yellow crookneck squash lying around and needed an extra side for my red snapper, or whatever it was. I did some e-searching and stumbled upon the concept of smothering them. No, this isn’t Waffle House, so smothering doesn’t mean topping your hash browns with onions. Epicurious describes the technique as so:
Smothering is a Cajun cooking term that refers to browning anything from meat to vegetables in oil, then braising it in a small amount of liquid, tightly covered, until tender.
There are quite a few different takes on exactly how to smother out there. I went with a pretty simple technique that was quite delicious. As Ingrid Hoffman would say, Simply Delicioso. Recipe after the jump.
Cut your squash into 1/4 inch thick circles, and then cut those into semis.
Heat a skillet to medium-high heat, and add a solid layer of EVOO.
Add your squash, make sure each piece is touching the base of the pan. If you have too much, do this in batches.
Cook for about 10 minutes, until the lower side of the squash starts to brown, then flip and cook for about 5 minutes. At this point, both sides should have golden-brown circles on them, but the squash will still be firm.
Add 1/3 cup of water to the pan, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for another 5 minutes. Remove the cover and flip your squash once more. Recover and cook for another five.
The shocking result: squash that is both beautifully-golden brown and succulent and tender. Most amazingly, it is really sweet. No one could believe that I didn’t cook this in brown sugar or honey, but without adding a single extra ingredient, the smothering brings out all of the natural sugars of the squash. Who knew?
Expect to see lots more smothering of veggies, meats and who knows what else in the near future.