Wednesday, June 18, 2014

baked yellow squash rounds . . . a Summer hors d'oeuvre



Sundays are typically a day of rest in our home . . . and after a busy week, I always appreciate a slower paced day.

Sundays are also my favorite day of the week to cook and bake. Since we're not rushing from one errand, or activity, to the next, I feel like I can enjoy whatever I'm preparing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

And since I can almost count on my husband, and maybe a few of our kids, taking a Sunday afternoon nap, I know that I'll have the extra time to make simple and delicious snacks like this one.




Breading and then baking vegetables is one of my favorite ways to share them with my family and friends.

I do this with zucchini, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, onions, and fennel . . . and they're all delicious. 

It might seem like a lot of work to bread each slice, but my six-year-old loves to help me (and she recently recruited my five-year-old) . . . so I set up the breading station and sheet pans . . . and they go to town.

Before I know it, the kids are done . . . and I'm popping the yellow squash rounds in the oven and heating up my favorite red pasta sauce from Trader Joe's.

The fresh herbs and lemon zest brighten up this beautiful and delicious dish . . . making it a perfect Summer snack or hors d'oeuvre! 

Did you notice the small basil leaves in the photos? They're from my Savour basil tree!




baked yellow squash rounds
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2 medium yellow Summer squash, cut crosswise into 3/8-inch slices
1 1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 egg, beaten
1 cup flour
Olive oil
salt & pepper
your favorite Marinara, or red sauce
flat leaf parsley, chopped
basil, chopped
Zest of half a lemon




Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I've noticed that this helps give the yellow squash rounds a crispier texture.

Pour the beaten egg in a shallow dish; set aside. Pour the flour in a shallow dish; set aside. Mix the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, and place in another shallow bowl; set aside.

Lightly flour the rounds with flour, then dip each yellow squash slice in the beaten egg, and then in the bread crumb/cheese mixture.

Arrange breaded squash slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.  Bake for 10 minutes on one side; and then using a fork, or tongs, turn turn the slices over and bake for an additional 8 to 10 minutes.

While the yellow squash slices are baking, heat your favorite Marinara, or red pasta sauce, and then pour into a bowl for dipping. 

Remove rounds from the oven, and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley, basil, and lemon zest. 

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!






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28 comments:

  1. It looks delicious and I love Trader Giotto!! He is quite the Italian I hope I'm related to him -- I am always looking for new things to try there and they never disappoint. Your photos look fantastic!!

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  2. Do these ever look delicious! Yellow squash is my very favorite summer vegetable. My grandparents always raised it in their garden...can't wait to try these! Thanks so much.

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  3. Oh how delicious! I love yellow squash. We usually enjoy it sauteed with onions and turkey bacon. Your recipe will be on my mind to try next time we have it. Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. Can't wait to try this! Just harvested the first yellow squash of the season, so maybe we'll try it this week.

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  5. I just made Baked Squash Casserole....close to the same ingredients...but mine was all combined. I will have to give yours a go! Looks great!!

    Thanks for sharing! Pinning it.

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  6. OH yum! I always wonder about different recipes for squash, and this looks great. I think this could easily become one of my favourites!!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday linky party on Smart Party Planning :-)

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  7. I'm sure the kids' fingers were great at breading these for you. I'm pinning this.

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  8. I just pinned this and I'm making it tonight! It looks very tasty.

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  9. Looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. So funny, was just thinking I needed to find a baked squash recipe! glad you shared yours, sounds so mouthwateringly yummy!!!

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  11. What a great healthy snack! I love yellow squash and getting the kids involved with fixing it is so much fun. Thanks for sharing on Time to Sparkle.

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  12. Thanks for coming by the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Love your post and appreciate you taking the time to share. I will be featuring this fabulous post tomorrow on Facebook and Twitter. Pinning today!
    Blessings,
    Shari

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  14. i absolutely love squash, definitely pinning for later! :) xo, jess @ www.dreamingofleaving.com

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  15. Oh my word, I could just dig into that beautiful dish right now. Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. I'm featuring you on my fb. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

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  16. I am going to make this today! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  17. This sounds so good, and I love squash so! So I'm pinning and will be making soon!

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  18. Making these tonight! I just picked some squash and zucchini from the garden, so I'll try it this way this evening. :) Pinned!

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  19. This looks fantastic too! It would be awesome if you would share this with us! Please linkup any other recipes to any fruit/veggie category you'd like!
    http://www.cultivatenourishing.com/zucchini/
    Enjoy the Harvest!
    Lindsey

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  20. Your squash rounds look amazing.
    I would love for you to share this a my T.G.I.F. Linky Party @ MamasBlogCentral.com Have a great weekend!

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  21. What a lovely process, the outcome looks delicious Suzanne. I love the slower pace of Sundays, it really is the best day of the week. This has been one of the most viewed entries over at Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by, grab a button and link up again this week. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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  22. I love summer squash, and what a great way to prepare it. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  23. I will have yellow squash soon. I love it and can't wait to try this! As always, pinning your amazing recipe. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  24. Mmm... our garden has given us one yellow squash and I think I'll buy a few more then make this appetizer! Thanks for sharing!
    ~ Ashley

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  25. Suzanne, this looks so beautiful and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing it at Best of the Weekend and pinned. Hope you have a wonderful week and happy July 4th!

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  26. This sounds too good to be this good. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda

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  27. Always, always looking for more squash recipes in the summer. Thanks for bringing these by foodie friday.

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  28. I can't wait to make these. They look delightful.

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