Oven “Fried” Squash And Another Reason I Don’t Like Bees

I absolutely cannot grow a squash to save my life. I started a little garden for herbs and a few veggies earlier this spring and for some reason, mother nature refuses to help me produce even one sign of a squash in my garden. I checked out Google and the only explanation that I can come up with is that we have no bees. Well, at least no bees that want to help me grow some squash. The bees have to transfer pollen to the blossoms while they are open in the mornings in order for the blossoms to produce a squash. Apparently the bees around here don’t like me and don’t want me to have yummy squash this year.

I see them flying around all happy and landing on the weeds, probably pollinating the weeds in place of my squash. Forgive me, I’m a little bee bitter right now…

On a less bee-hater note, Aldi does have great prices on squash and my in-laws have a bountiful garden that we get veggies from. So I don’t have to go without. I love my squash fried, but you know me and my frying. Unlike Nike, I just don’t do it. I usually try to find a way to make things taste fried without the actual frying process. This recipe gives you exactly that!

See how crunchy they are? If you bake them too long, they are almost like chips because they are so crunchy. But you won’t have that problem because you’ll bake them just right.

They are oh so yummy. These definitely satisfy that hunger for “fried” squash. I got this recipe from that cookbook that I told you about the other day and come to find out this particular recipe came from a cookbook from 1983! Southern Living’s Cook Light.

Only 64 calories per serving and worth every one.

Oven “Fried” Squash
Recipe Type: Side Dish, Vegetable
Author: MTEMC Company Gifts of Christmas Cookbook,
Crunchy, tasty “fried” squash from the oven.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 c. Cornmeal
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 Tbsp Water
  • 3 Medium-sized Yellow Squash, cut into 1/4 in. slices
  • Cooking Spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Set Aside.
  3. Combine egg whites and water; beat well.
  4. Dip squash into egg and then dredge into cornmeal mixture.
  5. Lightly coat a baking pan with cooking spray. Place squash in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 30- 40 minutes turning once.
Notes

Ok here are my notes on this one:

I would use LESS pepper than this calls for. It was a little spicy with 1/2 teaspoon if you ask me. You might even use a different spice like paprika in it’s place.

I considered my squash to be medium-sized, but I could fit only 2 of them on my pan. You may not really need 3.

I ended up needing more like 1 cup of cornmeal so have more on-hand in case. There was plenty of egg whites, however.

30 minutes was too long. I would say more like 10 minutes, then flip and then another 10 minutes. Or perhaps reduce the temperature.

Enjoy!


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  1. Deeda In Seattle says

    I have been so desperate to get my zucchini and tomato garden going, I’ve even gone out with a small soft paintbrush and played ‘birds & bees’ and pollinated them myself–sounds dirty, doesn’t it?? I just brushed the flowers that didn’t seem to be developing into fruits, and touched every blossom with the darn brush! It seemed to work…at least, I think so! You could try it…

    • Oh Deeda! Seems like I did read something about helping the process along but wasn’t sure if it would work. Glad to hear that it might! Where did you find it? I will definitely have to try that.

  2. For a healthier option we used planko and it was amazing.

  3. My Tomato Plants (Bonnie’s sold locally – 2- Big Boy & 2- Better Boy Varieties) will literally grow overnight if I spray the stalk & leaves with Miracle Grow Tomato Plant Food. I noticed something was eating the leaves so I made up a mixture of 1 Tablespoon Sal Suds (Biodegradable), 2 Tablespoons Cold Pressed Neem Oil & a gal of filtered water. On a whim, I tossed in about a teaspoon of Miracle Grow, shook it well and poured the mixture into a spray bottle. I’ve been spraying my plants for two weeks now (twice weekly) and I am ASTOUNDED by the new growth and increased vegetable production. I walk outside every morning just to see how much my plants have grown! My plants have quadrupled in size since I began feeding them through the leaves / stalk with a spray bottle.

    BTW: A stalk or “limb” on one of my Tomato plants (2 major limbs per plant) broke so I stuck the broken stalk down in the soil & kept watering it when I usually watered the main plant with rain water & a little Miracle Grow (followed directions) and now there is new growth on the broken stalk!

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