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.
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!
I’m not a foodie, but I would give it a couple of weeks to sweeten before you eat it. Makes a big difference in flavor if they age a little.
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.
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.
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
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh mint leaves
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!
Although I love Greg’s recipe, have you thought about making a bread with your pattypan? I read this post a few months ago and when I saw your post I thought of it. http://laurasmess.me/2014/04/19/wholemeal-pumpkin-scones-with-maple-pecan-butter/
I realize she used a butternut squash but I have seen quickbread recipes online using pattypan squash. Might be fun! 🙂
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!
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.
I think it’s pretty cute too 🙂 Stuffing it sounds fun, and it would show off its unique shape. Great suggestion!
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