I swear I don’t fry very often, but it may seem like I do since I recently reposted my fried green tomato recipe on Facebook, and now THIS… Fried Patty Pan Squash.
I made fried patty pan squash for lunch yesterday because a) well, I had some, and b) who doesn’t love fried squash?
If you don’t, don’t tell me…
Momma always fried squash, okra, and eggplant (not together), but her squash was of the yellow crookneck variety. Gracie Lee planted patty pan squash seeds because she thought the spaceship shape was cool. Unfortunately she never got to eat it because of an unfortunate event involving a tractor…
If you don’t know who Gracie Lee is, don’t tell me…
Anyway, this is a great summer recipe, very similar to fried green tomatoes. The squash flavor is mild and the slices don’t fall apart while cooking. You can dip them in spicy ranch dressing, or add a slice of mozzarella on top and serve with a red sauce for an Italian-vegetarian-sort of dish.
So yes, this is how you take something healthy and make it not so healthy, but sometimes we need to fry something in a cast iron skillet. Add a red checkered napkin and a Mason jar of iced tea, and you’ve got great fixins’ for summertime eating.
Here’s the recipe. And by the way, it’s the same batter I use for my fried green tomatoes.
- 2 small patty pan squashes, cut into thin slices
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoons buttermilk
- 3/4 cups Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- Parmesan Reggianno
- Pour oil in skillet and warm to medium heat. (About a half inch of oil.)
- Lightly salt and pepper squash slices.
- Mix flour and garlic powder in a shallow dish.
- In another shallow dish, beat eggs with buttermilk.
- In a third dish, combine bread crumbs with cayenne.
- Dredge squash through the flour, then the eggs, and then the bread crumbs.
- When oil is hot, add a few slices at a time. Don't crowd them. Cook about 2-3 minutes, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
I didn’t have Parmesan, so I used grated Asiago for this batch.
Sprinkle more cheese on top.
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