Food and Food: Home Cookin'04 Dec 2008 07:45 am

Baby petit pan squash

Costco is really ramping it up with gourmet food items. Online, you can order aged balsamic vinegars and fine olive oils from their “fine foods” section. In store, I’ve recently found moderately priced treats like chanterelle mushrooms (which I used in a mushroom tart) and now, baby petit pan (aka pattypan) squash.

The tiny tender squash are extremely beautiful in their bright yellow and green skins, and several people around me commented on them while waiting in line. I hope they weren’t just admiring, but went and bought some of these delicious and somewhat exotic vegetables.

Pattypan squash have a delicate scalloped edge, edible stem and resemble small flowers. They are well suited for serving as a nice looking but easy to make side dish that will impress dinner guests. After a horrible experience dining at Edmonton’s La Ronde restaurant, I realized how easy it is to fuck that up though. I was thrilled to see the expensive squash on my plate as a seasonal vegetable, but was dismayed when it was undercooked and bitter. Gross.

I simply steamed mine for about 6 minutes, tossed them in a bit of butter and sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, cracked pepper and some Maldon salt. They are sweet and buttery, like tiny courgettes, with a bit of an al dente bite. I cannot stop popping them in my mouth. The perfect afternoon snack!

Costco: not just for hot dogs anymore.

Pattypan squash: $7.99 for a two pack (750g) at Costco

4 Responses to “Afternoon snack: Petit Pan Squash”

  1. on 05 Dec 2008 at 8:33 am Lon

    OH! I love me some petit pan squash. They are also excellent raw and sliced thin in a salad, sliced thin added to a stirfry, or my favourite way… Cut in thin slices and fried in butter! YUM! Never tried them steamed.

  2. on 05 Dec 2008 at 8:34 am Lon

    OH! Next summer remind me and I will hook you up! My parents grow them and they grow rediculously fast and lots and lots.

  3. on 05 Dec 2008 at 5:17 pm Kelly

    Awesome Lon! Thanks so much! They are the best, but pretty expensive. I had no idea they grew well in our climate. However your parents are master gardeners, so it doesn’t surprise me they can make them grow.

  4. on 06 Dec 2008 at 9:43 am Lon

    No problem! I had never seen them before or even heard of them until my parents. They grow like absolute mad. If you are still in town and not off who knows where living in your converted church I will save you a bunch. 🙂