In this cooking series, Denver’s Nick Massie is showing off his culinary skills for celebrity guests including Matt and Cherie Chan and Pat Sherwood. Today’s vegetable dish has its roots in New Mexican cuisine. The term “calabaza” means “squash” in Spanish. Calabacitas includes yellow squash, zucchini, corn, mushrooms, onions, garlic and tomatoes.
Massie demonstrates how to trim the corn kernels off the cob and slice the other vegetables. Then he caramelizes the vegetables in a hot pan, seasoning them with salt, pepper, chili powder and half a lime at the end.
Massie says the order of adding vegetables to the pan is set by “what takes the longest to cook.” According to him, “Onions take the longest. Then we did the squash. Then the tomatoes don’t take long, but they bring moisture, so that’ll help kind of steam everything, and then we’ll finish with the mushrooms.”
This vegetable dish pairs perfectly with Massie’s Chili Lime Chicken.
Download the recipe here: Calabacitas.
Additional reading: CFJ Issue 21: Zone Meal Plans by Greg Glassman, published May 1, 2004.