Today is reveal day for The Secret Recipe Club. The Secret Recipe Club is a group of food bloggers who secretly make one of someone else's dishes and post them all on the same day at the same time. It's really fun, choosing a recipe to make, making the recipe, then reading about everyone else's recipes. It's a great way to "meet" other bloggers and check out some great blogs that you never knew about before.
This month I was assigned the blog The Saturday Evening Pot. It's written by a chef and his lovely wife. I saw a few recipes there that I would like to try. Their Smothered Pecan Crusted Chicken with Apple Butter sounds amazing. But, it's the wrong time of year. Can't wait to try that in the fall. I was also interested in their Poor Man's Fried Rice as I love fried rice. But ultimately I couldn't resist remaking their Squash and Goat Cheese Casserole. I kept the original ingredients and just changed the method slightly to produce a sauteed dish instead of a casserole. Here's my version.
Summer Squash with Bacon and Goat Cheese
4 strips bacon, chopped
½ large onion, diced
4 medium summer squash, cut into ½” slices
Salt, to taste
½ cup herbed goat cheese, crumbled
Cook bacon in a large skillet until the fat renders. Add onion and sauté until the onion begins to soften. (If your bacon doesn't render much fat, add some olive oil to the pan at this point.) Add the summer squash and cook on medium-high heat until it has reached desired tenderness. Remove from skillet onto a serving dish. Top with crumbled goat cheese.
Makes 4 servings.
The only real difference between The Chef's recipe and mine (besides my addition of onions) is that he cooked his squash down all the way and mashed it. I'm sure it's terrific that way, but I wanted to try it keeping the squash intact. I love summer squash and I usually like it with a little bite left to it. And I knew I had a great chance of my kids eating it if it wasn't complete mush.
It's a very simple recipe, but so amazing! The combination of flavors is incredible; the summery yellow squash, the salty bacon, and the slightly sweet goat cheese go together so well. And doesn't it make a pretty side dish? We had this with grilled chicken thighs and Smoked Paprika Teeny Tiny Potatoes. It made for one amazing spring dinner.
My husband could not stop raving about this dish! Which is pretty good considering he's not a big veggie lover. He absolutely loved this. I think he would have eaten the whole platter if I had let him. I don't usually put bacon with my veggies, not because it isn't awesome, but because I really do try not to be nutritionally naughty!, so I probably won't make this too often, but it's great for a special treat. Especially if you are entertaining.
Thanks for a great recipe!
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