Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Patty Pan Squash with Prosciutto

I like the shift of seasons. I just wish it would take a little longer than half an hour to complete. Two days ago it was shorts and polo shirts, this morning it was a sweatshirt plus a jacket, all so I could take the dog out.

Believe me, he didn't want to be out there anymore than I did. I had to make him stay out to do all his business since I didn't want to go back out later. It got really bad when he got to the mailbox. It was dark, drizzly and gusty. Poor little guy lifted his leg and nearly went airborne. He looked like a kite ready for take off.

With Fall here it's time to start thinking about seasonal cooking. The Farmers' Market is full of squashes. I hate squashes. But of course everyone else in the house loves the stuff. So in an effort to promote familial harmony, I have learned to choke down patty pan squash.

Patty pan squash are little discs of squash that have a higher crunchy skin to mushy flesh ratio. That's about the only thing that makes them tolerable. Patty Pan Squash with Prosciutto is my own invention, primarily driven by the idea that anything is tolerable if you prep it with bacon. Please enjoy...

Patty Pan Squash with Prosciutto
by Crabby

Assorted Patty Pan Squash, approximately 1/2 pound
4 ounces diced prosciutto
1 pound diced tomatoes, (or substitute (1) 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes)
Herb de Provence to taste

Preheat a large saute pan over medium heat. When hot add the diced prosciutto and cook for 3 minutes to render the fat from the prosciutto.

Add the patty pan squash and partially cover the pan. Fry the squash for 5 minutes, occasionally shaking the pan to turn the squash.

After 5 minutes, add the diced tomatoes and any collected juices. Turn the heat to medium low and simmer for 5 more minutes.

Remove from heat and season with Herb de Provence to taste, or substitute your favorite herbs. Serve.

Very easy and low maintenance compared to many recipes. Better still it's something you can do while the main course is cooking.

Alright, I'm outta here. Until next time, remember you can do it you can cook.


Anonymous said...

The image of the poor peeing dog lifting off into the atmosphere is so precious ... what breed? It must be one of those little hamsters ...

Thanks for the tiny patty pan squash recipe ... I've seen those miniature alien spaceships in the grocery store, and never quite knew what to do with them.

WineWizardBob said...

Enter the Dragon.

Lovely red wine from Provence Domain du or de or something like that, Dragon. About 15 a bottle if you can find it. Delightful, delicious, Dragon.

We need more Bruce Lee and less Sara Lee.