Calling All Foodies…What Should I Do With My UFO Squash?

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I want to honor this little alien spaceship by making something with it that not only tastes delicious, but also has a creative presentation inspired by its other-worldly shape.

I am looking for some ideas from you, my talented readers.

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I have a variety of fresh herbs on hand: basil, mint, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, thyme, and dill.

So what are your ideas? I can’t wait to be inspired! Ready, set, go!

Note: Technically this is called a patty-pan squash, but I can’t help but think of a little UFO when I see it. 🙂 Can’t you see it?

UPDATE: To see what I did with patty pan squash, check out this post! It’s chocolatey and savory!

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    • Interesting. I was thinking of treating it similar to a yellow squash or zucchini. However, its rind is a bit harder than either of those.

  1. Well I am so happy that you recognized this as a Patty Pan Squash and not some alien veggie bent on world dominance. Typically Patty Pans are more show than go for flavor. Having said that I have prepared them in the following manner many times and always have gotten favorable nods.

    Ingredients

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

    1 pound baby pattypan squash, cut in half crosswise
    1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
    Cooking spray
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

    Preparation

    1. Preheat grill.

    2. Combine first 7 ingredients in a large bowl; toss well. Thread squash and onion alternately onto each of 8 (10-inch) skewers. Place skewers on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes or until tender, turning frequently. Drizzle with juice. Sprinkle with mint.

    • Wow! That recipe is packed full of flavor. It would present very nice too with the white squash, red onion, and sprinkle of green mint. Awesome recipe-thanks!

    • Interesting idea! I’m so glad I asked for input-I would have never thought of that. I’ve made zucchini bread; I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with patty-pan. Thanks!

  2. What an adorable squash! I’ve never been lucky enough to get my hands on a UFO squash, but my first impulse would be to stuff it and bake it whole. I don’t think you can go too far wrong though… Squash is pretty much delicious by default, no matter what variety or what you do with it.

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