Saturday, July 2, 2022

Skillet Summer Squash with Bacon & Raised Bed Garden Update

I'm pleased to report that my zucchini and crookneck squash have been very happy in the new raised bed garden this year. I've been picking enough to share, and that makes ~me~ very happy too! What to do with all that goodness that Mother Nature is gifting? Well, I'm always looking for more ideas to add to my Zucchini Pinterest Board, so I decided to keep things super simple and make some Skillet Summer Squash with Bacon. I'm making it on the stove so everyone can try it, but it would also work in a disposable foil pan on the grill. Three ingredients, squash, bacon and onion... And the kids might just find that they like squash after all, might just:@)

Let's talk about summer squash for a minute...
I ~love~ zucchini, it's meaty, extremely versatile and can be used raw or cooked.
Crookneck squash on the other hand, seems to have very little flesh and lots of seeds.
This also means it gets very soft, very quickly.
A little softer than to my liking...

The squash corner of my garden early morning 6/26/22:
Zukes on left, crookneck on right.
The crookneck, while beautiful
is shading the pepper plants and growing into the cucumbers.

I decided either the plant had to go, 
or I'd experiment with extremely cutting the leaves back.
So it got a heavy trimming,
only the main stem and vertical leaves remain.
We'll see how that affects it, so far, so good.
And yes, next year the squash does get it's own garden bed.

Overall, the garden is still doing very well at this time:@)
I've picked 24 squash so far, and enough string beans for dinner.
6 cucumbers, and they are just getting started.

Skillet Summer Squash with Bacon
All estimates:
1-2 slices bacon for each 6"-ish squash, any combination zucchini and yellow squash
Onion, sliced, as much as you'd like, but I suggest... lots:@)
Squash, washed, dried, ends removed, sliced a ~hearty~ 1/4", half the circles if large
S&P
  1. Cook bacon to your desired doneness (crispy for us), remove to paper towels.
  2. Add onion to bacon fat, cook for a few minutes, until it starts to become translucent.
  3. Add squash to pan, stir to cover in fat. Cook for a few minutes, until it becomes heated through, and to your desired level of doneness. We like to have a little bite, some folks like for it to get completely soft-you know your crowd.
  4. Crumble bacon, add back to pan.
  5. Sprinkle with S&P to taste. 
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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2 comments:

  1. Your raised garden is doing great! I got 4 cucumbers from my free seed packet.

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  2. Zucchini and bacon are such a great combo!

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