These recipes are from Chef David Lapham (www.chefdavidlapham.com), who has been volunteering each Saturday morning to help us learn how to handle some of our challenge vegetables.
Here are David’s recipes for patty pan squash:
Patty Pan Squash Tempura (Hors d’Ouevres for 12)
-6 patty pan squashes, each sliced through stem and cut into 4 pieces
-Enough cooking oil to cover 1 inch of bottom of pan
-Tempura batter: 1 cup flour, ½ cup beer or club soda, pinch salt, pinch cayenne pepper
-Dipping sauce: 2 sliced scallions, 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar, ½ cup soy sauce, grated ginger
-Salt to taste
Combine batter ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated and very smooth. Let rest for ½ hour or more. Combine dipping sauce ingredients and set aside. Preheat oil to 375°F in a large, heavy pan on stovetop. Dip each piece of squash in batter and place in oil, in batches. Fry until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Remove and place on plate lined with paper towels. Sprinkle salt on tempura while still warm. Serve with dipping sauce.
Roasted Patty Pan Squash with Herbed Chickpeas (Serves 4)
-2 cups canned chickpeas, rinsed
-2 pounds patty pan squash, each sliced through stem and cut into 4 pieces
-Extra virgin olive oil
-1 tbsp chives, chopped
-1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
-1 tbsp mint, chopped
-1 tbsp lemon zest
-1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
-Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Preheat oven 400°F. Place sliced patty pan sections in a baking dish large enough to accommodate them in a single layer, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat. Roast for 30 minutes, until cooked through and browned in places. Let cool. While the patty pan squash is roasting, combine the herbs, lemon peel, lemon juice, black pepper, salt and a drizzle of olive oil in a bowl and mix well. Toss the drained chickpeas with the herb dressing in a salad bowl, and let rest in the refrigerator for at least ½ hour. When the patty pan squash is cooled, arrange the segments on each plate, and top with the dressed chickpeas. Alternatively, you can also toss everything together in a salad bowl and serve.