Has your husband ever gone to the grocery store and brought home Something Totally Unexpected that you wouldn’t have guessed if you tried for a million years? Well my Mac did. A whole Big package of Unexpected. Mac: Honey, look what I found for you. Doesn’t it look interesting! Me: Huh? What’s that?—oh the package says “Patty Pan Squash”. Confession: I have rarely noticed it in the grocery store, not thought about it, have never cooked it. So what was I going to do with it?
Well, the Patty Pan Squash turned out to be so easy and quick to cook, with a simple chiffonade of fresh basil sprinkled on top. So I had discovered (okay, Mac did) a delicious vegetable that could go with anything, whether you are grilling or not! Another thing was that it lent itself to grilling better than chunks of zucchini or summer squash: just cut it in half! A light, colorful, low-calorie, cute side dish!
Occasionally, Mac brings home Unexpected things. (It only happens with food, otherwise who knows what it would be—a new dog or cat, or person. I am grateful I only have to deal with Unexpected food items.) Sometimes it is hard to not waste anything due to a large sack that would feed many. My menu has been known to change suddenly and dramatically—for several days. The bright side is that I have learned to be more resourceful and creative, and our friends and neighbors have benefited from our offerings.
But it can be challenging when something like a big bag of squash happens to appear. Nowadays, we work together on a list for the next week, and no impulse buying is allowed. Confession time again: He knows I have done my own share of impulse buying of food too.
So when he handed me the package, seeing it was squash helped me figure out what I would do. So I looked at the cuties—and they really are cute, aren’t they—and thought about the different ways to cook squash. Since we had recently purchased a charcoal grill and a vegetable pan to use with it, I thought I’d give that a try. We were going to be grilling steaks anyway, so why not get double use from the grill and have grilled squash. Of course, you can also roast it in the oven.
Our first stab at it, Mac covered it with the lid while it was cooking, which gave it a smoky flavor. We decided we liked it better unsmoked, so next time left the lid off.
If I’d known how simple this squash was to cook on the grill, with no heating of the kitchen, I’d have quickly hugged him around the neck when he appeared with it. I am sure you will like it too, and can come up with your own ideas for seasoning, or combining it with some other vegetables.
½ lb fresh Patty Pan Squash,m cut in half horizontally 1 tsp olive oil Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 3 leaves fresh Basil, cut into a chiffonade Grill uncovered, unless you want a smoky flavor.
Try out our Quick Basil Squash Recipe and post your results below in the comments…
How to make Quick Basil Squash
½ lb fresh Patty Pan Squash,m cut in half horizontally
1 tsp olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
3 leaves fresh Basil, cut into a chiffonade
Grill uncovered, unless you want a smoky flavor. Try out our Quick Basil Squash Recipe and post your results below in the comments…