For a short time in the fall, squash runners show up in Chinatown. The Filipino way would be to boil them until tender. Then we dip them in white vinegar mixed with bagoong, or shrimp paste, using our hands and eat them with white rice. Squash runners are nutrituously bitter so the sour and salty dip is a good match. I wanted to try something different without using any dip so that I can serve the vegetables to non-Filipinos, so I used some Italian prosciutto as a salty alternative. I served them with sweet pickle juice on the side.
1 bunch of squash runners, also called squash vines, the thicker part of the stalks removed, thoroughly washed and patted dry with a paper towel
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small red onion, roughly chopped
1. In a skillet with hot oil, sautÃ© garlic until golden brown. Add red onions until transparent. Toss in squash runner and cook until tender and wilted.
2. Remove squash runners to a plate lined with paper towel.
3. Using a separate plate, prepare each slice of prosciutto, fill in with a cooked squash runner and roll to wrap.