Summer-into-fall gardens and farm markets are abundant (some might say overly abundant) with varieties of squashes. In addition to the common zucchini and yellow summer squash, thereâ€™s also plenty of pattypan and delicata â€” both of the latter being a kind of middle ground between summerâ€™s tender squashes and the harder orange winter squashes like butternut and acorn that follow closely behind. Spaghetti squash is also rolling off the vine at this time year. If youâ€™re faced with a bounty of late summer squashes, or have neighbors that keep dropping them off, here are several tasty ways to highlight one at a timeÂ or mix them up.
Delicata squashes have a large hollow area once you remove the seeds, making them perfect for stuffing. For Rice-Stuffed Delicata Squashes, shown above, you can use any kind of brown rice, though I highly recommend using an exotic rice blend for more flavor.
Meg Wolffâ€™s Baked Delicate Delicata proves that you need not fuss too much to get a naturally sweet side dish thatâ€™s filled with flavor.
In Summer Squash with Corn and Green Chiles, the combination of fresh summer squashes and corn, flavored with garlic and chiles, is simply delicious. Itâ€™s a delightful side dish in late summer into early fall, when this produce is at its peak of flavor.
Simple Summer Squash SautÃ© with Dried Tomatoes and Basil is an easy side dish that can include zucchini and yellow summer squashes, which are available year-round, but any tender squash, such as pattypan, eight-ball zucchini, etc., may be substituted or added.
From Oh My Veggies, Miso-Marinated Grilled Summer Squash offers an easy an gorgeous way to mix up late summer squashes, especially if you havenâ€™t yet put away the grill. A Japanese-inspired miso marinade turns summer squash into something special!
Earthy and hearty, Quinoa with Mixed Squashes and Mushrooms can be served any time of year. Vary it according to whatâ€™s available.
Spaghetti squash is a â€œfunâ€ vegetable if ever there was one. This unique squash is delicious as well as entertaining, with its spaghetti-like flesh. Stewed Spaghetti Squash is an easy and tasty way to use it.
Spaghetti Squash with Peas and Almonds is another tasty way to serve this fun squash, with a lightly curried tomato-coconut sauce.