Yellow Squash “Home Fries”


4 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch wide pieces
2 medium-large yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch thick half moons
1 medium onion, sliced into 1/8 inch thick half moons
freshly ground black pepper


Saute the bacon in a large skillet. When nearly fully cooked, drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat out of the pan and add the onions and squash. Saute until the onion is translucent and the squash is just fork tender. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

My thoughts:

Good home fries (not hash browns and not what some places try to call home fries but are really just dried up, sad potatoes of dubious origin) are one of my all time favorite foods. My Grandpop always made them for us, often with a side of fried chicken which seems like an iffy choice health-wise but he did live well into his nineties and was very spry so who am I to judge? I make my home fries the same way and they are always very good. Anyway, I was craving some home fries but was already making a dish that had potatoes in it so I thought I’d be creative and give the home fries treatment to some yellow squash I had hanging around. The results were very good. The trick is not to overcook the squash and leave it with some bite to it and to cook it in bacon grease. Not quite as good as it would have been with potatoes but perhaps a bit healthier and very tasty in its own right.

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