Monday, June 4, 2007

Stuffed Summer Squash with Goat Cheese and Romesco – Our least terrible test yet!

Well, the new microphone is hooked up and I think the sound is better. The intros and endings of these test clips still need a lot of work, and I just realized that I need to go out and pick up a digital camera for the still shots. Other than that, I think I’m starting to figure this new stuff out.

This has always been one of my favorite summer side-veggie dishes. Any summer squash you can cut in half will work. Anyone that has, or knows someone that has, a vegetable garden really needs to try this dish! I mean, what the hell are you going to do with all those squash? The completely irregular green starburst squash you see in this video were not the best choice to do a demo with since they are hard to slice in half evenly, but hey, if it works with these, it will work with any squash as I said.

The deep, rich flavor of the romesco mingling with the sweet blandness of the squash combined with the creamy tang of the warm goat cheese makes this dish a summer classic. Don’t serve too hot! This dish shines best served warm or at room temp. If you’ve never tried romesco, this is the dish to taste it in. It’s a medium-spicy, “pesto-like” sauce made from roasted red peppers, garlic, almonds, anchovy and other spices. We use it a lot in summer, as it is the perfect instant sauce for any grilled meat, fish or vegetables. One of these days I’ll show you how to make your own romesco, but for now you should be able find it at most high-end grocery stores. If you can’t find or make it, any flavorful sauce will work; salsa, roasted red pepper relish, olive tapenade, etc. Enjoy!

3 small summer squash
6 tbl goat cheese
3 tbl romesco sauce
3 tbl olive oil
2 tbl plain bread crumbs
salt and pepper to taste


foodette said...

yum! Looks delish - can't wait to try that one out.

Anonymous said...

Easy to fix, inexpensive to make, and looks so yummy when you are done with the demo - a favorite combination when looking for a recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Chef John said...

I forgot to mention in the clip that Pesto also is a great sauce to use instead of the romesco.

Unknown said...

hey, there's music at the end :)

Anonymous said...

Awww... do you really have to have the little strip of black for the temp. and all that? But it's good that you can still see the xtra footage but then it's hard to notice the strip.

kellypea said...

Don't you just love the whole techno learning aspect of this blogging thing?

And anything with goat cheese is good by me -- sound or no sound.

Chef John said...

Yes!! ...if by "love" you really mean an intense urge to slam my fist through the computer screen, snap the mic in half, and tear all the new manuals into confetti and throw it out the window screaming like that guy in the movie Network... then yes, I Love it all!

Unknown said...

It's great to find other food lovers like myself. Plus it helps me tell my readers what a Starburst Squash is!

Anonymous said...

I just made this with pesto and it was delicious. I would serve it as a main dish to vegetarian friends. I'll try harder to find romesco sauce next time.

A suggestion: if you could put the oven temp and time in the blog text along with the ingredients it would be great. For those of us who watched the video already. :)

Chef John said...

Sorry, but I want people to watch the video again! They will see something new... like when you watch a movie over. ;)