Continuing the theme of Sunday dinner, there’s one important thing every Practical Cook should remember. If someone else has a good idea, take it and make it your own. Recipe swapping and doctoring is time-honored. Today’s recipe is a doctored version of a freshly swiped recipe for fried squash. Thanks to Miss Clairol for the inspiration.
Fried squash is one of the first things I helped make, because it is much faster with many hands. My family’s way superthin, cooked pretty brown, dredged only in cornmeal, salt and pepper. I love those for their familiarity, but I’ve been on a squash quest, which ended with this recipe.
Fried Squash with Soda Cracker Crumb Coating
2 or 3 Tablespoons canola oil with a dab of bacon grease (optional, and delicious)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
generous 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
several grinds of fresh black pepper
dash of ground cayenne pepper
1 egg well-beaten with 2 or 3 Tablespoons of milk
1/3 “sleeve” of soda cracker crushed into small pieces and placed in a brown paper bag
1 to 1 1/2 pounds squash or zucchini, or a combo thereof, cleaned, ends trimmed, and sliced into 1/4-inch lengthwise slices
Special equipment: 1 cast iron skillet (preferably inherited) and 1 brown paper bag
1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.
2. Combine flour, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a shallow bowl or pie pan. Dredge squash in the mixture, working a few pieces at a time.
3. Now run the floured squash through the egg mixture.
4. Finally, put a few slices of floury, eggy squash into the cracker crumb bag. Shake. Set aside on a plate while oil heats and you finish coating a few more slices.
5. Working in batches, fry the squash, a few minutes per side, until your level of crisp is achieved. Remove to a plate covered in paper towels. Add more oil and adjust heat as needed (you’ll probably need to lower it as you go to avoid blackened squash).
Welcome to Sunday dinner in the South. These squash are soft but not squishy inside and crisp and flavorful outside. Just seeing the pictures makes me want to cook another batch. Thanks to The Practical Cooks Junior for helping in the assembly line.
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Tomorrow, Can this cabbage be saved? (It’s not looking good for our heroine.)