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Few Easy Ways To Cook Patty Pan Squash
As a professional chef I have cooked patty pan squash on many occasions and in many different ways. The main advantages of the patty pan squash are that they are very easy to cook, and in the same time very interesting vegetable for the customers. Generally, patty pan squash is one of the least known vegetables, and are not usually sold in grocery stores, but you can find them through a food supplier or in a farmer's market. When you cook this little squashes, be prepared to answer a lot of question, because people get really curious about them.
Patty pan squash can come in many different colors, but the most usual are yellow, green, a combination between yellow and greed, and also some grayish color that is almost white.
Patty Pan Squash
1. Cooking the patty pan squash (Sauteing): First, trim most of the stem from each patty pan squash. Bring several liters of water to a boil in a large pot, and blanch the squash for about 3-4 minutes. Strain the patty pan squash. In the meantime, heat 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large heavy pan, and saute 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic. Add the patty pan squash and saute at high temperature for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, or your favorite seasoning mix. Add a teaspoon of sugar, to balance their tartness.
2. Cooking the patty pan squash (Baking): First, trim most of the stem from each patty pan squash. Bring several liters of water to a boil in a large pot, and blanch the squash for about 3-4 minutes. Strain the patty pan squash and run cold water over them until they cool down. Transfer them in a mixing bowl and add a tablespoon of butter and seasonings. Slice thinly some red onion and add it to the bowl. Toss well to coat the patty pan squash with seasoning, and transfer them in a baking dish. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 F for about 20 minutes.
3. Cooking the patty pan squash (Stuffing): Choose some larger patty pan squash, about at least 2-inch in diameter. Cut the tops as a lid, and dig some of the inside with a teaspoon. Stuff them with seasoned hamburger meat the replace the lid on top. Place the stuffed patty pan squash in a baking dish with some liquid on the bottom. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 F for about 25 minutes, or until the stuffing is fully cooked. Happy cooking.
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.