Squash has been a part of the Mexican gastronomy since Pre-Hispanic times, and ever since then has been planted alongside corn, beans, and peppers. We love to cook it with cream, in stews, soups, with salsa, stuffed, or steamed, like in this recipe. It’s so easy, you can prepare it in only a matter of minutes.
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Out of all many types of squash found in Mexico, there are two very popular varieties: Creole squash and Italian squash. Italian squash is found all over Mexico, has a pale green color, and is oblong in shape, measuring 3-6 inches. The Creole squash (or “Calabaza Criolla”) is mostly known in the central states and has a small, round shape, measuring 2-3 inches in diameter. It also has a pale green color. Both varieties of squash have a very mild and tasty flavor, with very tender skin.
Personally, I find these types of squash to be a little sweeter compared to the dark green zucchini or yellow squashes. If you find these Mexican squash varieties, give them a try, children love their tenderness and mild flavor!
My family really enjoys this quick-to-prepare side dish, and I hope your family does too!
How to make Steamed squash
- Place sliced squash in a medium-size frying pan. Add butter and water. (Please check the ingredients list below)
- Turn heat to medium-high and steam for 8 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and let it rest for one more minute. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, divide on serving plates and sprinkle with the crumbled cheese. Enjoy!
- 2 medium size squash or zucchini cut into 1/3-in slices (about 12 oz.)
- 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil
- 4 tablespoons of water
- Salt & pepper to taste
- ½ cup of crumbled Mexican queso fresco
Place sliced squash in a medium-size frying pan. Add butter and water.
Turn heat to medium-high and steam for 8 minutes.
Remove pan from heat and let it rest for one more minute. Season with salt and pepper. To serve, divide on serving plates and sprinkle with the crumbled cheese. Enjoy!
If you can’t find Mexican squash, you can use any other type of tender zucchini.
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