Friday, August 28, 2009

Stuffed Pattypan Squash




We grew Pattypan this year (among other things). The little bush squash seriously produce. I had three plants (one was small and to date has still only surrendered 2 squash) and they produced about 3-4 large pattypan a week. We have stuffed them various ways, because they are great stuffing squash, but this was my favorite. In this recipe I did not use the inside of the squash ( I cooked it up for the kids) but you could, just reduce the other ingredients or expect extra filling.

2 pattypan’s tops cut off and insides hollowed out
¼ large onion chopped
2 medium tomatoes chopped
1 small clove of garlic finely minced or grated
¼ c. Feta
Fresh basil
1 TBS olive oil.

Turn oven to 350.

Heat oil. Add onions to pan and let cook on low for 5 minutes. Add garlic and let warm for a minute. Add tomatoes and let cook for 5 minutes over medium low. Turn off the heat and add feta. Test seasoning. Add salt or pepper if needed.

I very lightly salt and peppered the squash, but you don’t have to. I really depends on how much salt you like. Me, I keep a salt lick installed to the wall of the kitchen. Fill the squash and put in the oven for about 15 minutes. The cooking time is going to vary greatly depending on the size of the pattypan and how much meat you scooped out. The squash itself should be fork tender but not mushy. Once it is close, to being done add the basil to the top and cook another 5 minutes.

10 comments:

Chef E said...

You should post about your garden! I would love and do love seeing others gardens...I wish I could grow one :(

This looks and sounds good, and so good to have you pop in now and again!

teresa said...

oh this looks really good!

Chris said...

I've never actually eaten one of those squash. When I worked in produce as a teenager at the grocery store and we got those in, I was always tempted to throw them like a frisbee because they looked like little UFO's.

Swestie said...

This looks good!

zerrin said...

Stuffed squash sounds fantastic! I stuff zucchini so often, but never tried squash as it is always too big for us two. And I love this filling mixture. We generally stuff it with rice and minced meat together or just with some cheese(not as common as the former). I think I will try your way for small zucchinis.

Tanya said...

Wow! I tried this recipe tonight (with a couple of changes, based on what was in my fridge) and wow! Thank you so much. I had no idea what to do with pattypan squash and this was absolutely delicious. I did put a link ( I hope you don't mind) to your site from mine, for this recipe.

Cate said...

hey, vanessa, i just had someone asking me about stuffing patty pans this week. i'll send her this way. thanks for the deliciousness.

darnold23 said...

I just love pattypans. They are so cute. Of course, they are good to eat as well, but cute is definitely important. I would like to invite you to participate in Crock Pot Wednesday at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. Come check it out.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I haven't tried growing pattypan yet - I should give it a try.
They look great!

Sweet and Savory said...

This looks delicious but I must admit, I have never seen a pattypan squash or if I did, I did not know it. I will look more carefully in the stores now. You are opening up new horizons for me. Thanks.