Pattypan “pizza”

November 27, 2007 | 33 Comments

Pattypan squashes look like little tops with scalloped edges. Their delicate flavour and crunch makes them ideal for salads thinly sliced raw, or barely cooked as in this snack. They can also be cut into discs and shallow fried until golden.

The French name pâtisson comes from the Provençal word for a cake made in a scalloped mould. It also bears the French nicknames of “Israel artichoke” and “Priest’s bonnet.” Well known for its decorative uses, this member of the Cucurbitaceae family is often ignored once mature by cooks who favour other squashes and pumpkins. When picked very young, however, it has a remarkably firm flesh and refined flavour.


Pattypan squash is a good source of magnesium, niacin, and vitamins A and C. One cup contains approximately 20 to 30 calories and no fat.

We sliced them into discs (no more than 1/4 inch thick), put them under the broiler until heated through, topped each with a teaspoon of tomato-date chutney and a teaspoon of Gruyere cheese. We then put them back under a broiler until the cheese melted, and topped each with a basil leaf.

Pattypan “pizza” goes to Kalyn @ Kalyn’s Kitchen for Weekend Herb Blogging.

Bee’s rant of the day: Shut up and eat your burger @ Dining Hall.

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  1. shilpa says:

    Those are such a cute little “pizzas”. I haven’t used these squashes yet. Manisha had posted a stuffed squash. Now that you too have a great recipe with them, I would like to try them soon :) .

  2. Kalyn says:

    I love your idea of making pizza with the little patty-pans. They are so delicious when they’re small. I like to grow them, but some years I can’t find the plants. (And I am never quite organized enough to grow my squash from seeds!)

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  4. enjay says:

    p.s. Bee, love the rant.

  5. kribha says:

    I’ve never seen these squashes before. You’ve been so creative to make pizzas out of it. Just beautiful. :yes:

  6. Never seen these cute veggies! Nice recipe! :angel:

  7. Nags says:

    i dont know where u get all these exotic veggies from. or is it me who is ignorant beyong belief? :O

  8. raksanand says:

    I saw this 2 days before in veggie section…I wondered what it is and how we can cook this…You have given an idea..May be next time I will buy and try this :)

  9. Rachna says:

    my mum makes a nice sabzi of patty pan with tomato and garlic… i love the idea of putting them into a salad…will try that…

  10. Lakshmi says:

    Never seen those squashes before :no: Very creative way of using them. :yes: Few more smiley wanna add coz Ilove them… :tongue:…. :dance: :bow: :idea: :horn:

  11. Nirmala says:

    Never saw this but you have brought the idea of creating mini pizza’s like this with various such veggies. Let me try with some available here.

  12. sunita says:

    I’m not acquainted with these squashes, but they sure look dainty… :yes:

  13. pelicano says:

    One of my favorite young squashes- such a nice flavour indeed! And you’ve made into such elegant little nibbles!

  14. Asha says:

    Clever, very clever!! Looks delicious!:)

  15. Cynthia says:

    So artistic and creatively presented. These would make great appetizers.

  16. swaroopa says:

    looks gr8….thanx 4 sharing…

  17. Laavanya says:

    Great idea there Bee & Jai. At first glance it seemed like the yellow squash was floating over the green one in the last pic. :D

  18. rina says:

    Color healthy stuff Bee. :idea:

  19. bindiya says:

    Very cute and the pics are awesome, must be really delicious.

  20. Kaykat says:

    This is a great snack idea!

    We often gorge on the sunburst pattypans from the farmers’ markets – a light saute with some olive oil and seasoning brings out the flavors!

  21. sandeepa says:

    Looks great as always :)

  22. Namratha says:

    Like most of them, this is the first time I’ve seen such a veggie, nice pizzas

  23. musy says:

    Ooh, what a yummy treat! i have had these pretty squashes bakes with pesto sauce, so i can imagine how heavenly these would have tasted!

  24. rachel says:

    I am ignorant of this squash! Does such a prety veggie exist? Love the discs

  25. Eva says:

    I’ve so often seen these in the supermarket but never knew what to do with them. Now I definitely have to get started – thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Aparna says:

    Never seen these before but they sure look good.

  27. Linda says:

    In a million years I would never have thought to do that. Now that you’ve shown me the way, I am not sure I’d have the patience. I admire yours! They look great :)

  28. Wow. Those look so tasty. In the summer I use pattypan a lot, and now I have a new way to enjoy it. Thanks!

  29. Bharti says:

    Thanks for the suggestion Bee. These looks so yummy and easy.

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