This week on the farm we harvested these beautiful looking rays of sunshine called Patty Pans. Patty Pans are a variety of summer squash and come in yellow, green, and white varieties. Patty pan squash is most tender when relatively immature; it is generally served when it is no more than two to three inches in diameter.
I fell in love with this unique looking squash as it was the first time I was introduced to them. I was really excited when I was put to the test by the farm to create a farm to table recipe. With the first recipe, I have used the small to medium sized yellow patty pans, as they are most tender when grilled, and I have created this simple summer grilled couscous that is delicious as a lunch or a great accompaniment to grilled meats or fish.
With the second farm to table recipe, Curried Chickpea Stuffed Patty Pans with a Crispy Shallot and Fresh Cilantro Basmati Pilaf, I have used the large size yellow patty pans as they are great for stuffing and hold their shape when roasting. This Indian inspired recipe is great comfort food and vegetarian!