Patty Cake Pattypan Squash

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Patty cake, patty cake, baker's man - make me a Pattypan as fast as you  can. The Pattypan squash is a delightful  summer squash. The name comes from the French word pí¢tisson, a Provení§al  expression for a cake made in a scalloped mould. That makes sense for the  flying saucer-shaped Cucurbita pepo, also known as Scallop squash, White  squash, or Sunburst squash.

pattypan squashThese summer squash are the immature version of the hard winter squash  and, like all the summer versions, are incredibly versatile vegetables. Some  people find that Pattypans are a bit sweeter than zucchini. Pattypans are  a tender vegetable that don't require too much cooking—lightly sauté,  barbeque, fry, steam, or try them raw with your favorite dip or in a summer salad.

The shape of the Pattypan makes an ideal little edible bowl that can be stuffed  with mushrooms or cheese. Cut off the top, scoop out the middle, fill with your  choice of stuffing, and then bake with the little "pot lid" on top. So cute it might  be hard to eat. Take a picture first. Corn is an excellent compliment to summer  squash and is very tasty together in frittatas or timbales. Try replacing eggplant  or carrots with summer squash in your favorite recipes.

The dense sweet flesh of squash is rich in nutrients and especially high in  manganese and Vitamin C. One cup of cooked summer squash contains 1.64g  of protein and .15g of omega 3 fatty acids. Pattypans are a nutritionally versatile  food that bring sunshine and fun to every baker man’s table.

Wash before preparing. Slice off green ends, no need to peel.

Bruises easily. Store in crisper and use within one week.

- Heidi Lewis


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