You may have seen these little gems in your grocery store or farm stands. For years I just passed them up not know how to use them or even what they were. Then last year I finally got up enough nerve (why this was hard I’ll never know) to ask the farm stand women what the heck they were. She said, “oh they are Patty Pans! Just a variety of summer squash, you can use them much like zucchini” Hmpf, I thought, that wasn’t so bad. So I came home and made my Roni’s All Purpose Veggie Filling with them and it came out awesome.
Well I saw them again today at the farm stand and this time I confidently said, “May I have a few of those Patty Pans, please” with a big smile on my face. :~D
Moral of the story, just ask! ;~) In all seriousness you can use them much like zucchini but they have a slightly sweeter and even a nutty flavor, which can be good, better even in some recipes that call for zucchini. Today I made Zucchini Pancakes with them. The patty’s didn’t have as much moisture as the zucchini, so I didn’t bother straining them and the cakes were delicious.
If you want a bit more info I found this site and there is a little write up wikipedia. Honestly, I really can’t find that much info about them. Anyone out there big Patty Pan fans? How do you use them?