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As I was reading through some food blogs a few weeks back, I came across a post that Jenn at The Leftover Queen had written, featuring what she called “Spaceship Squash.” I had never heard of these squashes (is it squash for plural or squashes?) until earlier this year, when I ran across a recipe that used them. In the recipe, thewwy were called pattypan squash, but I like Jenn’s name better – spaceship squash. After reading her post, it got me thinking that I had never posted about the side dish I had made featuring this squash, and I made this several months ago – back in March!!

One thing that I usually love about food magazines is that the recipes featured usually have fruits and veggies that are in season. So when I ran across this recipe in the April edition of Cooking Light, I was a little confused as to why a summer squash was in an April magazine. But for some reason, my attention kept going back to this recipe. So I decided to make it.

Normally, I wouldn’t even look twice at a recipe that features an ingredient that isn’t one so normal that it could be found on the shelf of every grocery store across the US. I know I have complained about this before, but finding ingredients where I live is not always easy. But I can’t complain as much anymore. I think my problem before was that I was shopping at the wrong places. There is a grocery store here – Harmons - that I had always avoided, thinking that it was too expensive. But I have fallen in love. This store has saved my culinary life. They carry a plethora of fruits and veggies – ones that I always had a hard time finding before. And if local fruit or vegetables are in season, that is what will be on the shelves at Harmons. And to my surprise, it is actually cheaper than most of the other grocery stores in the area. Sure, I can get things cheaper at Wal-Mart, but the last few times I have shopped there, my ingredients were either not the best or went bad very quickly. And it’s a locally owned store, so I feel much better about shopping there. I know there aren’t a ton of Utah food bloggers out there, but if you are in Utah, I highly recommend Harmons!

Back to the squash – so when I decided to try this, I knew that if Harmons didn’t have the squash, I wouldn’t be able to find it anywhere else. So I went, and sure enough, they had it. It was ridiculously expensive since it was out of season, but what do you do when have a recipe that you can’t get out of your head?

After we had eaten, I realized that I had totally forgot to add the leeks into the recipe, and I’m sure they would have added some great flavor, but I really enjoyed this as a side dish. And I’m sure it’s even better now that squash is in season, but now that I’m prego, I don’t dare eat feta, which I really miss. (And just on a side note – I think I read too much! Some sources say no feta, some say it’s ok as long as it’s pasteurized – but I guess I’m being a paranoid first time mom and staying away from anything that I’m not sure about!!) But I will be experimenting more with this squash!

Sautéed Baby Squash with Basil and Feta
from Cooking Light April 2008

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cups baby pattypan squash, halved (about 18 ounces)
2 cups sliced leek (about 2)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan, swirling to coat; heat 20 seconds. Add squash and leek to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in salt and pepper. Transfer squash mixture to a serving platter. Sprinkle with cheese and basil.

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27 Responses to Sautéed Baby Squash with Basil and Feta

  1. Maria says:

    I love Harmons! Have you been to the new one in Draper? It is amazing! They have a great artisan bakery, sushi station, gelato bar, great produce, seafood, meats, and they even teach cooking classes. Check it out!!

    This recipe looks great. I have some squash to use..I will try it tonight. Thanks!

  2. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I love this vibrant color – it’s making me hungry!

  3. Colloquial Cook says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen baby squash before! I’ll keep my eyes peeled next time I go to the green market!

  4. eatme_delicious says:

    I had a big spaceship squash (that’s what I called it too) on my counter for a long time because I didn’t know what to do with it! This looks like a yummy side dish.

  5. Birdie says:

    This looks great, yellow squash is one of our favorites!. I think the basil sounds like a really good addition!

  6. Sylvie says:

    I’ve seen these in the shops a few times and always wondered what to do with them. Now I know! Great looking recipe.

  7. Ryley says:

    I can’t believe you used to be afraid of Harmons! :)
    We don’t have one around our house, but I sure love them! It is the biggest thing I miss about moving.
    OH.. and seriously.. I have to echo Maria. I don’t know where you live in the valley.. but the new Draper Harmons. You just have to go there. Just for a little trip one evening.. It’s by Bangeter and I-15. Go east when you get off the freeway.. It’s so nice. Luckily we have family that live close. (and honestly we dont live that far away, but other stores are closer)

  8. HoneyB says:

    looks delicious! I totally love summer squash!

  9. Meeta says:

    This looks lovely and light. I love visiting new supermarkets to check out what they have in store. However, I normally tend to stick to the one I go as they cater the best organic/local fruit and veggies.

  10. Grace says:

    “pattypan” is a fun word. i wonder who called it that to begin with and why. (i’m curious like that.)
    i, too, am guilty of buying super expensive, out-of-season produce to meet my cravings, but hey–this looks really delicious and totally worth it. :)

  11. Katie B. says:

    I think it’s probably squash for the plural, but squashes is way more fun to say!! I’ve been trying to grow these on my balcony (with little success), but if I get enough of them – I’m definitely going to try this!

  12. Dhanggit says:

    i must admit i havent explored this combo yet: i mean baby squash and basil..from the ingredients i could imagine how delicious it could be!!

  13. noble pig says:

    What an unusual combo that sound tasty..I love baby squash and am always looking for new ways to make it!

  14. Jenny says:

    Mmmm, I am loving cooking with fresh veggis righ now. I just posted a recpipe with squash too. This dish looks superb!

  15. nicole says:

    Mmmm…. I love squash. Looks great and summery.

  16. Kevin says:

    That baby squash salad with feta looks really good!

  17. Sophie says:

    My mom actually craved feta all the time when she was pregnant with my brother…so I think it’s ok, my brother turned out alright :D. Ya know, the cool thing about leeks is that they taste amazing in anything, even white rice! So no worries about forgetting them, and squash is always yummy, too, no matter how you cook it!

  18. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    I love the bold flavors in this dish, Deborah, plus it’s so simple to make. Thanks a bunch!

  19. Claire says:

    Mmmmmm…this looks SO good!

  20. Half Baked says:

    Mmm that’s a great looking dish! great recipe.

  21. Paula says:

    Spaceship Squash! Ha! This is the one squash that I don’t see very often! I’ll be keeping an eye out for it now!

  22. Gigi says:

    Beautiful side dish!I’ll have to be on the look out for this particular type of squash.

  23. Peabody says:

    Mmm, I might try this with some Summer squash I just got.

  24. farida says:

    I’ve always loved the combination of basil and feta. Baby squash must be very delicious with them. Great recipe!

  25. Elle says:

    What a great flavor combination with the pattypan squash and feta and basil. Yum! Prety color combo, too.

  26. kimberleyblue says:

    Feta makes all veggie dishes delicious! I really like the combos going on here – awesome dish!

  27. Cathy C says:

    What a great summer side dish – This one is a keeper!!

    Cheers
    Cathy
    http://www.wheresmydamnanswer.com

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