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Tasty Tuesday: Pattypan Squash

This is the easiest recipe, so easy it is hard to call it recipe even! It makes a great fresh side dish using those funny flying saucer looking squashes you might have seen at the Farmer's Market: pattypans. 

Pattypans come in yellow, green, and white varieties and are best when small, around three to four inches in diameter. Tip: use the space ship appearance to lure in the little kiddos who might not be interested in plain ol' zucchini or summer squash. Look for squash with smooth surfaces and no soft spots. 

What you need: fresh pattypan squash, lemon juice, butter, fresh basil, a sharp knife, cutting board, baking dish, and oven. 

How long you need: 10-15 minutes to prep, 30 minutes to bake. 

First, thinly slice them lengthwise. If the shape feels daunting for slicing, just cut off an edge to make a flat surface that will rest evenly on the cutting board, and then begin slicing like an onion. 

Melt 2-4T of butter in the microwave until just barely liquid. Add in 2T of lemon juice. 

Using fresh basil leaves, finely chop about 4T worth to sprinkle over your squash. If you prefer a stronger flavor, feel free to up that amount. 

Layer the squash in a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Evenly distribute the butter mix and basil over the squash. 

Bake for about 30 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees. See wasn't that easy? Enjoy!

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