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Grilled Summer Squash with Green Sauce

Grilled Summer Squash with Green Sauce

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 Serves 4.
Zucchini is one of the most popular vegetables for grilling. It¿s easy to prepare, cooks quickly and is delicious, particularly when served with this tasty green sauce.

Ingredients:

For the green sauce:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 tsp. capers
  • 2 anchovy fillets in olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

  • 4 or 5 small zucchini or yellow summer squash, about 1 lb. total, cut lengthwise into slices 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

To make the green sauce, in a food processor, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, shallot, capers, anchovies, white pepper and the coarsely chopped parsley. Process until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the finely chopped parsley and the basil. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Place the zucchini in a large, shallow nonaluminum dish. In a small bowl, mash together the garlic and 2 Tbs. of the olive oil with the back of a spoon until smooth. Whisk in the remaining 4 Tbs. oil, the thyme, salt and black pepper. Pour over the zucchini. Cover and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Prepare a hot fire for direct-heat cooking in a grill. Position the grill rack 4 to 6 inches above the fire.

Place the zucchini on the rack. Cook, turning once, until just tender, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Transfer to a serving dish and spoon the green sauce evenly over the top. Serve immediately.
Serves 4.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Lifestyles Series, Backyard Barbecues, by Phillip Stephen Schulz (Time-Life Books, 1999).