Summer Squash Bake is a spicy little dish that is a fantastic way to use up some of those squash that are over-flowing in your summer gardens right now. It also makes a perfect side dish at your next BBQ!
Prepare a 9"x13" glass casserole dish with non-stick spray.
Thinly slice squash and onions then place in casserole dish. Coat veggies lightly with extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. Add green chiles and pepper jack cheese. Stir until mixed.
In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs and milk. Pour over the veggies evenly. Gently press squash down with fork.
Sprinkle the crushed bread crumbs over the squash mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Uncover and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes until the top is browned.
Preheat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat. Add sesame oil. Brown ground pork.
Cook the black rice using a medium sauce pan, according to the package directions. This should take approximately 30 minutes for one cup of rice. We did this while cooking the lettuce wrap ingredients. Saved tons of time!
After the pork is fully browned, remove from pan, leaving juices. There won't be much as the pork is very lean. You may have to add a little more oil at this point.
Mise en place (cut and prepare) all your veggies so that they are diced in equal sizes.
Drain and quarter those yummy water chestnuts.
Sautee the veggies in the hot skillet until tender. Adding the ginger, garlic, and water chestnuts after your veggies are tender. This is a perfect time to season with salt according to your taste.
Add the pork back into the veggie mixture. Stirring well. Pour the teriyaki and soy sauces over the mixture. Continue to stir until heated through.
Using a small ramekin or other small bowl, fill to the top with the rice and carefully invert onto the plate to form those pretty little mounds of rice. Top with a drizzle of sesame oil and a few black sesame seeds.
Serve the pork teriyaki mixture on a platter in the middle of the table with the lettuce on the side for a crowd...or fill in a few individual lettuce cups for each person. Whatever you prefer!