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Pan Sautéed Patty Pan Squash

June 27th, 2011 · 10 Comments

After a long day at the office, it’s time to come home and check out the spoils from the garden.

Patty Pan Squash Patch
Patty Pan Squash Patch

Our little garden paradise has been busy working also, each plant feeding its own little tender vegetables with nutrients from the sun, soil, and water.

We always delight in what tiny surprises might be found, some are easy to see, and some are hidden from plain view.

But once the expedition is set out with our harvesting baskets and kitchen shears in hand, it takes just a little push of the branch, a twist of the vine, or a turn of the leaf in discovery of our new found edible delights.

The home garden in all its glory is starting to yield a bounty of produce, including the six patty pan squash plants. And the squash continue to grow into huge portions if left unpicked, as you can see in the photo of Monique picking the crop of several large squash ready for harvest.

Harvesting Patty Pan Squash
Harvesting Patty Pan Squash

These amazing squash cook down in no time at all, and take on the flavors of accompanying ingredients as in the case of the Cajun spices, bacon, onions,and garlic in this simple yet tasty recipe.

Patty Pan Squash, ready to prep and cook.
2 Medium Patty pan squash, sliced
4 Strips Bacon, diced
½ Cup Red onion, julienne
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tsp Cajun Spice Blend
1 Tsp Garlic Salt


Pan Sautéed Patty Pan Squash
Pan Sautéing the Patty Pan Squash.
Procedure Steps
1. Have all the ingredients ready and prepped as described in the ingredient list.
2. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat and add the diced bacon. Stir on occasion and render the fat from the bacon. Once crispy, add the onion and sauté for just a few minutes.
3. Add the patty pan squash, and minced garlic, and season with the Cajun spice and garlic salt. Toss well or turn with a spoon to get even cooking throughout the squash. Continue to sauté until the squash is browned and softened.


Ready To Serve Sautéed Patty Pan Squash
Ready To Serve Sautéed Patty Pan Squash

Dinner is served!

Along with the patty pan squash are fresh beets and Swish chard from the garden as well. The only thing on this plate that was not from our garden is the bacon, red onion, salt and spices.

A plate full of garden goodness!
A plate full of garden goodness!

Bon appétit!
©2011 CCR

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time // Jun 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve seen patty pan squash in the store and think they’re adorable, but I’ve never seen them in a dish so I was so happy to see the way you used these.

    Your ingredient list looks delicious.

  • 2 Tiffany // Jun 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    What a beautiful plate! I have never had patty pan squash, but now you have me curious….. we are anxiously awaiting the ripening of our yellow squash, it’s so much fun growing a garden!

  • 3 Torviewtoronto // Jun 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I haven’t seen this type of squash looks cute

  • 4 Cajun Chef Ryan // Jun 28, 2011 at 8:30 am

    They really are a versitile vegetable, and can be cut in half into two hemispheres then set on sheet pan, coated with olive oil, garlic, and shredded cheeses and then roasted in the oven.

  • 5 Emily @Cleanliness // Jun 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Ah, the garden is so diverting! I agree, there is nothing like coming home from a busy day at the 9-5 and seeing wonderful progress in the garden.

    Love this 🙂

  • 6 sippitysup // Jun 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I love squash and when they are this fresh even better. GREG

  • 7 OC2Seattle // Jun 28, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Those patty pan squash are gorgeous and what a tasty sounding recipe too! I totally covet your garden produce 😉

  • 8 Beth // Jun 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I love these little squashes stuffed…yummm, but, this recipe looks great with the bacon and spices. Will have to try this.

  • 9 Shelby // Jun 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I totally envy your garden. I always depended on mom and dad’s garden. Now that we are in a city 4 hours away from them I won’t have such easy access!

  • 10 windows live help // Jul 14, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    ugh i wish i had your garden! i would be there all day taking care of my babies and cooking them up later for a delicious meal ;-). great recipe i shall be trying this one out