delicious and very easy-to-make Zucchini Squash recipe and photos were shared with me by Karen Calanchini, Food
Stylist and Photographer, of
Karen says, "When the different squash and chile
peppers are in season, I like cooking them simply to bring out their distinct
flavors and sweetness. The fresh lemon juice compliments the squash and the
browning gives it a complexity that enhances the banana peppers sweetness. Feel free to add any herbs you prefer."
Tips, and Information, and more delicious
Round Zucchini Squash with Banana Peppers
Yields: 2 large servings
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
2 round zucchini squash, sliced into 1/2-inch slices
5 medium-size banana
chile peppers, stemmed, seeded, and cut in half*
Juice from 1 freshly-squeezed lemon
Coarse salt or sea salt
Mignonette pepper to taste**
1 tablespoon extra-virgin
1 tablespoon butter
The banana pepper (also known
as the yellow wax pepper) is a member of the chile pepper family. This
pepper come in several different varieties ranging from
mild and sweet to hot and pungent. The peppers are about 4 to 6 inches
long and resemble a banana in shape
and are pale yellow-green to yellow in color becoming bright red when mature
** Mignonette Pepper is a combination of Tellicherry black pepper, Muntok white pepper, and Canadian coriander. It is
a product of Penzeys' Spices. Freshly-ground black pepper may be used as a
large bowl, place the prepared zucchini squash, banana pepper, lemon juice,
salt, and pepper. Set aside and let marinade for a couple of hours until
ready to cook.
ready to cook, drain the vegetable mixture and reserve the juice.
large frying pan or sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil and butter;
heat until butter just melts.
Add zucchini squash and banana pepper
slices; sauté until browned and cooked to your liking. Add the reserved
juice from the bowl and pour over the cooked vegetables; cook a few more
minutes to thicken and caramelize the juice (it develops a nice lemony
flavor with all the browned vegetables). Taste and adjust any seasonings to taste.
Remove from heat and serve.
Makes 3 to 4 small serving or 2 larger servings.