Thursday, August 8, 2013

Grilled Summer Squash Stuffed With Reed Avocado Guacamole

Reed Avocado

So, the other day I had this half of a squash and I was trying to figure out what to do with it. I've been having a load of fun preparing our bounty of summer squash in a variety of ways but I was at a loss on that particular day.

I also had an as-yet-untried-by-me avocado variety called a Reed after it's Californian developer, James S. Reed. It was rumored to be creamier than a Haas or even my beloved Pinkerton. I was excited to taste it and it was just ripe enough to try.

Creamy Goodness

Creamy it was, and so delicious that my little sample made me glad that my avocado guy at the farmers' market had promised more would be around the next week. I still love the Pinkerton, but I love variety more.

Then, some dots connected in my mind and I concocted an unconventional guacamole in a grilled squash boat. Here are the particulars:

Halve your squash and scoop out any seeds with a spoon or make a canoe by scooping the flesh with a spoon. Save those seeds for spicing and roasting.

Drizzle the squash with olive oil and then sprinkle with a mixture of sea salt, dried basil, garlic powder, and paprika. Place the prepared squash onto a foil-lined grill basket and grill at 500 degrees until sizzling. Moisture will pool in the bowl. You can put it aside or discard, but get it out or it'll mush your filling.

While the squash is grilling, halve your avocado, pit it, and scoop the flesh into a bowl. Add one diced tomato, the juice of one lime or lemon, one small diced onion, sea salt, paprika, dried or fresh basil, garlic powder, black pepper, and one tablespoon of dry sherry*. Mash it all with a potato masher or fork until it looks right.

When the gourd is grilled, scoop the guacamole into the middle and serve by slicing across so that each portion contains a slice of squash and some guacamole.

Guacamole Boat? Squashamole? Guacanoe? Call it whatever you'd like, just don't call me late for dinner.

Half the Squash It Used To Be
Spoon Out the Seeds
Potato Masher? Avocado Masher!


Finished!

*H/t to Herr Vegetable and Mr. Boris Karloff for the sherry idea.