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Grilled Patty Pan Steaks with Italian Salsa Verde

Make yourself a delicious veggie steak with patty pan squash from our farm! You can grill or roast your squash for this recipe and top it off with the fresh salsa verde for a tasty summer meal.

Ingredients the farm include patty pan squash and fresh parsley.


  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves (to taste), halved, green shoots removed

  • Salt to taste

  • 1 anchovy fillet, rinsed (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

  • ¾ cup (tightly packed) parsley leaves (25 grams)

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 2 pounds large pattypan squash

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


Combine the garlic, salt, anchovy fillet and capers in a mortar and pestle and grind to a paste. If you wish to make the sauce in a mini food processor or with an immersion blender (an immersion blender works very well, especially if it has a strong motor), transfer to the processor or place in a jar. Add the parsley. If using a mortar and pestle, grind together until you have a paste. If using a food processor or an immersion blender, add the olive oil with the parsley and blend to a purée. If using a mortar and pestle, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and work into the mixture. Continue to grind until you have a very smooth mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If serving within a few hours, allow to sit at room temperature. Otherwise, refrigerate. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat, and preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment. Alternately, prepare a hot outdoor grill.

Slice the squash 3/4 inch thick and toss in a bowl with the olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Sear in the hot pan for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until the surface is lightly browned, and transfer to a sheet pan. Place in the oven and roast for 5 minutes. Using tongs, turn the pieces over and roast for another 5 minutes, until they are sizzling and tender all the way through. Remove from the heat. If grilling, grill the pieces for about 5 minutes on each side, until they are tender all the way through and beginning to drip.

Transfer the squash slices to a platter. Top each one with a teaspoonful of the salsa, and serve hot or warm.

Recipe from NYTCooking.


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