Pattypan (patty pan?, no, it's one word, pattypan) squash are just too cute for words! And too precious for anything except stuffing!
I followed the recipe and technique from Feta-Stuffed Zucchini whose inspiration came from my foodie pal Catherine at Albion Cooks who lightened a recipe originating from a Moosewood cookbook.
I stuffed them in advance and then, starting from room temperature, just popped into the oven about 30 minutes before serving. They were a BIG hit at an all-around great patio supper.
STUFFED PATTYPAN SQUASH
Time to table: 45 - 60 minutes
4 pattypan squash
1 tablespoon butter
1 large shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoon flour
2 ounces feta, crumbled
Pimenton (Spanish paprika)
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease an ovenproof dish. With a small knife, cut a thin slice from the stem (narrower) end of each squash, then a circle from the blossom (wider) end. With grapefruit knife, scoop out the center (save it for the filling) leaving a thin wall. In a small skillet, melt the butter until shimmery. Add the pattypan scoopings, shallot and garlic and saute until soft. In a small bowl, beat the egg lightly. Stir in the flour, feta and cooked zucchini. Stuff the pattypan. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes.
ALANNA's TIPS & KITCHEN NOTES
At first, I sliced into the narrower stem-end of the squash (it's the one on the far right) but then switched to the wider blossom-end (the other three). It was easier to remove the contents and I think, ends up slightly more impressive looking.
I also sliced a bit off the bottoms (the stem ends) so they'd sit flat.
A grapefruit knife's curved serrated blade worked great for removing the centers.
These pattypan had a few seeds in the center. At first, I picked them out to discard, then realized they were soft enough for cooking. Sure enough, once the stuffing mixture was done, there was no identifying the seeds.
If you're choosing between zucchini and pattypan squash for stuffing, zucchini are definitely easier and faster.
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