Caramelized Onion, Zephyr Squash and Jazz Apples for #loveNZfruit

Stay tuned at the bottom of this post for ways to enter to win this month’s prize of Jazz Apples as well as get your last chances in to to win the grand prize, a Vitamix and a Whole Foods gift card!
Zephyr Squash, Onion and Apple SauteThis is the last of three sponsored posts for the #loveNZfruit promotion. I have enjoyed creating these recipes, and I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well. Here’s my Taylor’s Gold Pear recipe, and here’s the lovely salad I made with Envy Apples last month.  This month is special, though. This month, Jazz Apples has partnered up with The Canadian and American Diabetes Foundations with Crunch to Contribute. Post a photo of you crunching an intensely apple-y and crunchy Jazz Apple and the lovelies at Jazz Apples will donate a dollar to either the Canadian or American Diabetes Associations. Pretty cool, right? So, crunch away and share your snaps!

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Zephyr Squash, Onion and Apple Saute

Since this month’s focus is diabetic friendly foods, I’m offering a side that is naturally sweet and a bit savory. I’ve made it three times now, which is almost unheard of for me since I rarely make the same thing twice! It gets its sweetness from caramelized sweet onions, tender, mildly nutty zephyr squash and of course, Jazz Apples. A tiny bit of added sweetness from palm sugar, a low-glycemic sweetener, and a bit of a tang from apple cider vinegar round out the flavors nicely. I’m pretty sure this is a side dish you’ll want to make again and again.

Jazz Apples are surprisingly crunchy and intensely apple-y. Almost wine-y. They’re delicious, but if you eat them out of hand, know that they brown pretty quickly. So eat fast! Cooking them effectively kills the enzymes that cause browning, so no worries about your apples turning color once cooked. In fact, some of the red from the peel colors parts of the flesh, lending the half moons of apple a rosy hue. Lovely, and delicious too.


I have to reiterate that, as much as I like to eat local foods from North Carolina, it’s really great to know that fruit in New Zealand is in season now and ready to use when I want it. And I want it in this sauté! You will too.

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Zephyr Squash, Onion and Apple Saute
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 4-6
What You Need
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 5"-6" zephyr squash, washed and cut into rings ¼" thick
  • 1 Jazz apple, washed but unpeeled, cut into half moons (make four straight cuts around the core
  • from end to end. Slice each piece into thin half moons)
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • chopped flat leaf parsley for garnish, optional
What To Do
  1. Melt the coconut oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion along with a bit of salt and pepper and cook until the onion begins to sizzle.
  3. Turn the heat down and let the onions slowly take on some color.
  4. Add the squash and apple along with a bit more salt and pepper. Cook, stirring and flipping gently with a spatula to make sure all the fruit and vegetables come in contact with the hot pan.
  5. Add the sugar and vegetable broth.
  6. Cover and let simmer over low-ish heat for about five minutes.
  7. Remove the lid, turn the heat up to medium and reduce until the broth is almost gone.
  8. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  9. Right before serving, toss with the 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
  10. Serve with the optional parsley.
  11. Enjoy.

As you’ll notice in the recipe, there are not a ton of ingredients in this dish. The secret is time–time to let the apples caramelize, time to let the squash and apples get tender and take on some color. Use great ingredients, treat them with respect, don’t rush things, and you’ll end up with a delicious dish that is much more about technique than it is about the ingredient list. Although the Jazz Apples make it pretty special.


Other Jazz Apple Recipes from the #loveNZfruit Bloggers


Potato Salad with Apples from Cook the Story
Healthy Chicken Waldorf Salad from It’s Yummi!
Zephyr Squash, Onion and Apple Saute from Pastry Chef Online
Apple Basil Mojitos from Cooking with Books
Campfire Apple and Pork Packets from Big Bear’s Wife
Apple & Chicken Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing from Around My Family Table
Summer Bounty Salad from Real Housemoms
Grilled Romaine Salad with Quinoa, Apples, Corn, & Dijon Vinaigrette from Climbing Grier Mountain
Pea Shoot, Pickled Cherry and Apple Salad from Nutmeg Nanny
Cinnamon and Ginger Jazz Apple Chips from doughmesstic

It all sounds delicious, healthy and summery. So the next time you are trying to come up with summer dishes using apples, remember the #loveNZfruit promotion!

If you try this dish, or any of the dishes featured in the three-month promotion, or even if you just think the fruit sound great, why not hit up Jazz Apples on twitter and let them know!

Thanks so much for spending some time here today. Best of luck in the giveaways, friends!

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    • says

      Thanks, Peter! I am not generally a squash fan, but the zephyr squash is kind of magical, and adding sweet onion and apples sort of tricks me into believing they’re dessert! =)

    • says

      I sort of envisioned it going with grilled meat–and I’ve made it with bacon fat and crisp bacon, and that’s delicious, so grilled pork is probably the perfect meat for it!


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