The shape of pattypans may be enticing in the garden or at the market, but how do you tackle them in the kitchen? Fortunately, peeling is not necessary; just trim the tough ends. Although they may be sliced, cubed, shredded and cooked or served raw like any other summer squash, we like preparations that allow us to admire their beautiful form as we eat. Small, or baby, pattypan squash may be braised, steamed, roasted, or grilled whole. Larger ones may be hollowed out and stuffed or even used as soup bowls. Slicing them horizontally also makes a nice shape for grilling or roasting. For another idea, check out the adorable pattypan "pizza" in the recipe links below.
Recipes: • Baked Summer Squash, from The Kitchn • Garlicky Grilled Pattypan Squash, from Relish • Pattypan "Pizza", from Jugalbandi • Pattypan Squash Braised With Onion, Tomato and Chorizo, from Daniel Patterson/New York Times • Patty Pan Squash Stuffed with Cajun White Beans, from Fatfree Vegan Kitchen • Patty Pan Squash Stuffed with Lemon and Currant Quinoa, from Bron Marshall (Images: Emily Ho)