Hungarian-Style Summer Squash With Dill

This side-dish recipe is an adaptation of one that the Hungarian side of our family has prepared for decades. They never used anything but white patty pan squash, a variety that flourished in their Pennsylvania backyard gardens. I don't run across it too often where I shop, and in my opinion, zucchini works equally well and produces a more attractive finished dish. You can also use yellow squash or a combination of the two.

Hungarian-Style Summer Squash With Dill
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  • Ingredients:
  • 3 medium zucchini, about 1-1/2 lbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preparation:
Coarsely grate the zucchini using the largest holes on a box grater. Place in a colander, sprinkle with salt, toss and set aside to drain.

Melt the butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for about 2 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the flour and toss to coat thoroughly. Continue cooking until the flour begins to turn golden brown.

Stir in the half-and-half and cook until the mixture begins to thicken and form a paste. Add the zucchini and continue cooking, stirring constantly for about 5 to 7 minutes, or until the zucchini has given off any excess liquid and is thoroughly combined with the onion-cream mixture. Stir in the vinegar and sour cream, taste, and add the salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the dill and transfer to a serving dish.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe Notes:
The quantities of vinegar and dill you use depend on your own personal taste. We think the amounts in the recipe are somewhat conservative and always end up adding a little extra of both.

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My background is Hungarian - this is one of my favorites!
I use a little more sour cream, dill and vinegar. YUMMY!

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