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Stuffed Scalloped (Patty Pan) Squash


"I was never sure what to do with the squash that looked like little jellyfish so I stuffed it with a mixture that reminds me of a summertime Thanksgiving meal. Even my picky children and husband like this one and we eat it with cranberry sauce."
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1 h 20 m servings 113 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil; add squash and cook until squash can be easily pierced with a fork, 10 to 15 minutes. Allow squash to cool until easily handled, about 5 minutes.
  3. Cut off one end of squash and scoop meat and seeds out of the center, leaving enough meat intact so squash will still maintain its shape. Set the scooped meat aside.
  4. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and extra crispy, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels, reserving about 1/4 teaspoon bacon grease in the skillet.
  5. Cook and stir onion and garlic in the bacon grease over medium heat until onion is translucent, 5 to 10 minutes. Add water, beef bouillon, squash meat, and cayenne pepper to onion mixture; cook until liquid is reduced by about 2/3, about 5 minutes.
  6. Mix Cheddar cheese into broth mixture until cheese is melted completely, 2 to 3 minutes. Add bread crumbs and stir until mixture is the consistency of wet stuffing. Fill squash with stuffing; season with salt and pepper. Place squash in a baking dish.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until stuffing is crisp, 30 to 45 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute 6 small patty pan squash for the 1 large, if desired.
  • Substitute bacon with mushrooms and beef bouillon with vegetable bullion for a vegetarian option.
  • When cutting end off squash, cut off blossom side for a volcano effect or stem side for a scalloped bowl effect.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 113 calories; 6.9 g fat; 6.6 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g protein; 20 mg cholesterol; 418 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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I followed this recipe to get the general cooking instructions, but added my own ingredients. I put apple sausage, bell peppers, and onions in as the "stuffing". It was delicious. First time eat...

delicious squash recipe, I left the crust on the bread it made up for some extra crunch.