|Annie's bachelorette party in Knoxville. SO fun. '06.|
|Annie's wedding on her grandmother's farm in TN|
I'm so happy to have a dish that reminds me of my bestie every time I make it. Nate loves calabacitas as much as I do, and in the summer months it is our weekly side dish staple. We also love it inside black bean and avocado burritos. My mouth is watering right now as I type. The crunch and sweetness of the corn pairs nicely with the softness of the squash and the heat of the jalepeno. The dish is different every time I make it, but one thing remains the same time after time: LOTS of butter. This template is a canvas that molds to the artist/chef; I encourage you to change it up and make it your own. And do let me know where your creativity leads you!
|Calabacitas, in mid-saute|
1 medium onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 baby zucchini (or 1 full size), quartered and cut in 1/2-inch slices
2 baby yellow squash (ditto above)
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalepeno* (either seeded and minced, or sliced in rounds for more kick)
2 ears of corn, cut off the cob (or 1 c. frozen kernels)
1 tomato, seeded and diced
LOTS of butter, maybe 1/3 stick
Salt and pepper to taste
Pinch of sugar
Handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
Saute onion in a Tbs. of olive oil and a Tbs. of butter in a large skillet over medium heat for about five minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and saute another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add red bell pepper and jalepeno; cook 2 minutes. Add zucchini and squash; cook 5-7 minutes until beginning to turn soft. Add corn, sugar, salt and pepper, and several pats of butter; cook 2 minutes. Add tomato. Remove from heat. Add cilantro, lightly toss, and serve immediately.
*Note: If you have a pepper handy that is native to New Mexico, by all means use it. Our favorite is the hatch chile. Nate bought a giant bag while there some time ago, and we're still feasting on its bounty.
|This week I paired it with Trader Joe's falafel and fries. Mmmmm.|
Editor's note: This post is a part of GNOWFLGINS Squash & Zucchini Seasonal Recipe Round-Up, GNOWFLGINS Tomatoes Seasonal Recipe Round-Up, Simple Lives Thursday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, Fresh Bites Friday, and Sunday School.