Pattypans - Little Flying Saucer Squash!
Pattypans - what a funny name for this delicious summer squash! It looks like a mini flying saucer with a flattened body and scalloped edges. It has several other names like custard squash or scalloped squash, but is more commonly called a pattypan. They come in very pretty colors, from white to green to yellow, and have the flavor of crookneck or yellow squash. The smaller they are, the more tender the texture and the more buttery the flavor.
Small pattypan squash may be braised, steamed, roasted, or grilled whole. Larger ones may be hollowed out and stuffed or used as soup bowls. Slicing them into thick slabs is perfect for grilling or roasting. Here are some ideas for using pattypan squash:
- Roast. Cut in chunks and roast in the oven with onion chunks and button mushrooms. Toss everything in a bowl with olive oil add salt and pepper and roast at 400ºF for 20 to 30 minutes until softened and browned.
- Salad. Slice pattypans thinly horizontally, like ribbons, using a mandolin, and toss with a vinaigrette. Add thinly sliced red onion and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds, if desired. Chill and serve.
- Grill. Cut in half horizontally, brush with olive oil and toss on the grill for 5 minutes or so.
- Sauté. Cook in a tablespoon of olive oil with minced garlic, onion, and chopped tomatoes.
- Toppings. Top pizza bread or naan with olive oil, minced garlic, thinly sliced pattypans or other squash, sliced caramelized onions and bake at 425ºF for 15 minutes. Awesome!
These recipes can be used with any kind of summer squash. Use a variety for a colorful summer dish.