You know you’ve seen them at the Market and wondered what on earth to do with them. How about stuffing them with all sorts of wonderful veggies? You’ll be glad you did!

Stuffed Pattypan Squash

recipe by Rachel Hanawalt, Simple Seasonal

basket of patty pan squash in front of kaleIngredients:

  • 6 pattypan squash
  • 2 cups roughly chopped kale
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup grated Cotija cheese plus more for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup chiffonade basil
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350º F. Chop the kale and place it in a pan with the olive oil and vegetable broth and cook over medium-high heat until all of the liquid is absorbed (about 8 minutes). Once cooked, set aside.
  2. While the kale is cooking, prep the pattypan squash by cutting the stems off the top and the bottom, removing as little of the flesh of the squash as possible. Then scoop out the seedy center of each squash, leaving a “cup” to place your stuffing into.
  3. To prepare your stuffing, mix together your kale, corn, white onion, garlic, salt, pepper and 1 cup of cheese in a bowl.
  4. Lightly grease a large casserole dish with olive oil or cooking spray and evenly place your pattypan in the dish, “cup” side up. To stuff the pattypan squash, squeeze together a ball of stuffing in your hands (as if you are making a snowball), and place it into one pattypan cup. The balls will be approximately the size of a medium ice cream scoop. Continue doing this until all of the pattypans are filled.
  5. Bake at 350º F for 35-45 minutes. Cooking for a shorter amount of time will yield a firmer squash and cooking for 45 minutes with result in a softer squash.
  6. Once cooked, remove the pattypans from the oven and sprinkle them with cheese and basil. Makes 6 servings.

Cook’s Note: The recipe calls for cotija cheese, but I think you could use any kind of cheese you like. I also think you could add some chopped tomato, mushrooms, eggplant, or peppers to the stuffing.

I particularly love the individual serving nature of this recipe. It would make a beautifully impressive dish for a dinner party!