Words, wires, and worms

Southern-style Smothered Recipes: Squash or Zucchini

Whether you just picked up some squash or zucchini from the market or your CSA box was overflowing with these versatile vegetables, try smothering them.

Smothered Squash or Zucchini


  • 6-8 squash and/or zucchini
  • 1 large or 2 medium onions
  • 1-2 peppers (bell or red)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ c wine
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • butter (optional)
  • Seasonings (salt, pepper)


1. Prepare the vegetables

  • Slice the squash/zucchini into ¼-inch slices medallions.
  • Slice the onion into half-round slivers
  • Chop or slice the peppers

2. Saute the squash/zucchini, onions, and peppers in 1 tbsp olive oil until tender (about 5 minutes).

3. Add honey and wine. For a richer flavor, add 1-2 tbsp butter. Turn the heat up and reduce (about 5 minutes).

4. Season to taste. If you like heat, cayenne is great condiment for this dish.

Add-ons and Substitutions

  • Eggplant works nicely instead of or in addition to the squash/zucchini.
  • If you don’t have honey, use brown sugar or agave.
  • Add dried or fresh oregano or basil.
Copyright © 2015 by Pennie Nichols, All Rights Reserved.

3 responses

  1. Ha, boyfriend and I were just having a discussion about “smothered” as a cooking term the other day – he didn’t like it because he just can’t get past the more sinister connotations of the word “smother” out of the way.

    The funny thing was that the conversation started because I referred to a chicken in gravy dish he makes, which is WONDERFUL, as “smothered chicken” and he got very confused ’cause he apparently never called it “smothered chicken” and had no idea what I was talking about until I said “You know, the one where you simmer the chicken slowly in its own gravy until it falls off the bone?”. That was a sufficient clarification. I on the other hand felt that “smothered”, as a food term, is almost as good a word as “braised” (oh god I love anything braised) – smothered in gravy, smothered in whipped cream, um yum yum yum yum.

    I will try this soon, sounds delish (and simple)!


    October 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

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  3. This sounds delicious!! I’m going to share it w. a food group I’m in on FB!


    October 19, 2015 at 12:45 pm

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