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Monday
Jun182012

Daylily Summer-Squash Skillet

Cook daylily flowers with summer squash and sweet onions for a colorful, elegant side dish that costs only pennies. Use your artistic sense to choose daylilies and squash with colors that complement or contrast. See Eating Daylilies for details on cooking with these beautiful, delicious flowers.

uncooked edible daylily flowers large and small

Daylily Summer-Squash Skillet

Active time: 10 minutes. Total time: 20 minutes. Serves 4.

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet Vidalia-style onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 small summer squash
  • 4 small daylily flowers
  • 4 large daylily flowers

Method

  1. Chop onion. Coat the inside of a medium skillet with olive oil using clean fingers or a brush. Cook onion over medium low heat in the skillet until it begins to soften, about four minutes.
  2. Cut the blossom and stem ends off summer squash, then cut squash lengthwise into quarters and across into quarter-inch wedges. Add squash to onions and continue cooking, uncovered until both are thoroughly tender but not mushy, about eight minutes.

    chop yellow summer squash into quarter moons

  3. Gently rinse daylilies, liberating any ants that may be hiding. Set small flowers aside for garnish. Cut large flowers crossways into half-inch strips. Stir into squash mixture and cook until relaxed, about thirty seconds.
  4. Serve hot, garnished at the last minute with small daylilies.

 garnish daylily summer-squash skillet with Vidalia onions with tiny uncooked daylily flowers

Reader Comments (1)

Picked some daylillies yesterday afternoon and tried this with dinner. Ate one flower shortly after picking: very delicate, slightly sweet flavor. Aside from protein and vitamin A, its biggest contribution was the addition of vibrant color which this dish needed. I also added a little salt and pepper, and some basil. A very filling dish, and can you make it any more elegant than by adding flowers?

Jun 21, 2012 | Registered Commenterjocojack
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