Remember when I said that my csa forces me to cook and try new things? And when we said my cooking style is flexible and laid back? This dish says it all. Not only would I never think to make squash the main dish in a dinner, if it wasn’t for the fact that I made it, J would never touch it. Seriously, squash scares him.
But, it was in the weekly basket so I looked for some inspiration online and went from there. The inspiration was a pattypan squash stuffed with spinach and chicken sausage, which sounded great, so I just ran with that and what I had at home – it was a great way to clean out the fridge. This took me less than a half hour of cooking time and came out great! J even said he liked the squash on its own. Total win.
Chicken and bok choy stuffed pattypan squash
3-4 pattypan squash
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
2-3 gloves garlic, finely chopped
1 -2 cups bok choy, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 small fennel bulb, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/4 cup white cooking wine
1/2 lb chicken breast, cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 tablespoon adobo seasoning
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 tablespoon chipotle seasoning
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Heat over to 300 degrees. In a medium sized pot, bring water to a boil, add a little salt, and add the squash. Cover and cook for about 7-10 minutes.
While the squash is cooking, in a pan, saute together the onion, jalapeño pepper, and garlic in olive oil until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Add bok choy, fennel, and chicken breast. Also add seasonings and wine. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked.
Remove squash from water and blanch in cold water. To assemble, cut about an inch off the bottom of the squash to allow it to stand. Then, cut the top of the squash across, about 1/2 inch from the top. Using a spoon, scoop the inside of the scoop, in order to remove any seeds. Any edible portion of the squash that is removed can be cut into small squares and added to the chicken and vegetable mix. Once the squash is hollowed, stuff with chicken and vegetable mix. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted and slightly browned, approximately 10 minutes.