After coming back late last night from a relaxing weekend in the Hamptons, I wanted to do nothing more than make a quick, light and fresh dinner (to rebound a bit from my cocktail consumption over the course of the weekend) and cozy up to my couch for the season premiere of Mad Men - which was pretty amazing if you've yet to see it. Inspecting my fridge, I pulled together a few ingredients--heavy on the summer produce. Some zucchini, yellow summer squash, local corn, garlic scapes, fresh mint and feta cheese and you've got the makings for a refreshing (and super fast) saute when it's a little too late (and definitely far too hot outside) to eat a full-on heavy meal. The veggies pack in nutrients after a long weekend, garlic scapes provide a punch of antioxidants and great flavor and the feta...well, the feta's just creamy and delicious. Just a tiny dollop of it is all you need to elevate the dish and make it even more interesting. Before I detail out the recipe, I will note that while sauteing away, I had the opportunity to test out a brand-spanking new non-stick titanium (and eco-friendly) saute pan from Scanpan CTX Cookware, a Danish brand. My review: love the weight and the ease of cooking with this pan as well as its sleek, streamlined Scandinavian design.
a simple dinner for a hot Sunday night
summer squash saute with corn, feta & mint
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic scape, minced
2 small zucchini, diced
1 yellow summer squash, diced
1 ear fresh corn, kernels shaved off
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (or about 1/4 of a lemon)
a pinch or two of red chili pepper flakes
salt to taste
about 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, julienned
about 2 tablespoons mild and creamy feta (like French or Australian)
in a medium or large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. add garlic scape and saute for about 1 minute. add zucchini and squash, saute for 1 minute. add corn kernels along with lemon juice, red pepper flakes and salt. saute for about 5 to 7 minutes longer until squash and corn are lightly browned in some areas. turn off heat and toss in mint and feta. mix gently and serve.