Stuffed patty squash with Mojo verde for a tapas spread.

Patty squash for tapas
It was a clever inspiration from Mayuri on the Foodie Monday blog hop that triggered this weeks opening post. The bloggers this week will get together to create dishes from countries that start with the same alphabet as their name. Now, any that clever. Luckily I have so many countries to choose from and so many of them with exciting cuisine. I was sincerely torn between Swiss chocolates, Siberian kale and Spanish tapas. Finally I succumbed to the flavour of Mojo Verde I made as a trial and there by followed the farmers market find further to line up a tapas-style patty squash
Tapas is literally a bar mans idea of bite-sized treats which have transformed into the epitome of cuisine exploration when it comes to Spanish cuisine.  What began as a piece of bread to cover the drink glasses is now one which has cold and warm dishes created to finger food style perfection. Put together they are a whole meal made with a little plateful of appetizers.
patty squash tapas

To do a tapas evening here are our suggestions

Turn on some lively music and add in colourful decor. Put down a large grazing table down your buffet stand and add some cool small plate dishes and creamy dips
Cold dishes
  • Roasted peppers with garlic and olive oil
  • Grilled eggplant 
  •  And don’t miss to try this Stuffed patty squash
  • Good zingy wine
  • Cool cocktails or mocktails
Sweet treats 
  • You cant do without some churros and decadent chocolate dip
So with these, you are good for a season with friends and family.
tapas patty squash

Back to this recipe

The patty squash is one of the prettiest vegetables and it really feels like a UFO and is perfect for creative minds. 
patty squash
The Mojo Verde (green sauce) had taken over our senses already. So the stuffing was uncomplicated, the gourds themselves, wholesome chickpeas and millets with flavourful herbs and olive oil. Baked with a bit of cheese on top these mini UFOpatty squash looked irresistible. Don’t miss to create these. 
If you can’t find any of these, try them with zucchini or marrow, it should be equally relishing.
Catch you soon again this week with a couple more recipes.
This recipe is a part of the #172 International feast. Hope you enjoy them.
Patty squash for tapas

Stuffed patty squash with Mojo verde

warm tapas spread
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Dish, sidedish, Snacks
Cuisine Baby toddler food, Baking, diabetic friendly, Fusion, gluten free, International, One pot, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people
Calories 522 kcal


for Mojo Verde sauce

  • 1 cups coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice or white wine vinegar

for stuffing patty squash

  • 4-6 medium sized patty squash (summer squash)
  • 1/2 cup Foxtail millet cooked
  • 1/2 cup chickpea cooked and drained
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayanne pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp cheese machengo, grated

for roasting

  • 1 tbsp olive oil


Mojo verde making

  • Add all the ingredients into the food processor and blend till smooth. Save the sauce refrigerated.

for the patty squash

  • Preheat the oven at 180
  • Wash clean and pat dry the patty squash
  • Core the central area and scoop out the contents to form like a little bowl.
  • Stuff the scooped centre with a few chickpeas it can hold.
  • In a mixing bowl add the cooked millets, parsley, cayenne, paprika, grated garlic and salt. Mix them well till combined.
  • Stuff the squash with this mixture and press the mixture down firmly to hold like a little lid.
  • Place the prepared squash on a baking tray and drizzle the olive oil over each one
  • Bake at 180 for 15 minutes
  • Add the cheese on top of each patty and bake again for 5 more minutes until the cheese just melts.
    tapas patty squash
  • Serve warm with Mojo verde.


Add the grains based on what you like. you can use cooked rice or buckwheat instead of the millets.


Calories: 522kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 12gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 504mgPotassium: 1274mgFiber: 10gSugar: 6g
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The Girl Next Door
5 years ago

Ooh, those stuffed squash look so cute! They sound extremely delicious, and are healthy as well. 🙂

5 years ago

Ooh ! This looks directly out of a Masterchef dish .. elegant, sophisticated and yummy too .. and yes by the way am also eyeing your watermelon gazpacho shots presented as part of the suggested menu ..yummm

Poonam Bachhav
5 years ago

The dish sounds both healthy and delicious and looks inviting ! Loved the stuffing with millets and chickpeas.

5 years ago

Now I have to find this patty squash in stores and try out this dish!! Wonderful share!! These look really cute and yummy!!

Sujata Roy
5 years ago

Wow very unusual and amazing recipe. Stuffed squash sounds so flavourful and mouthwatering. Lovely share.

5 years ago

From the time I saw the pictures, I have been curious about these cute patties. Now that I have read the post I am liek why can we not get these cute squash here. They sound and look so delicious and healthy.

Mayuri Patel
5 years ago

Simply superb Seema. Love how the patty squash looks and would love to try cooking with them. Serving them with a variety of filling with Mojo Verde is a brilliant idea. Also love your guidelines to have a veggie tapas at home.

5 years ago

Wow these stuffed squash looks so delicious and healthy!! Can’t wait to try out this recipe over the weekend!

Vidya Narayan
5 years ago

Loved the UFO Style Squash (nice name btw). A healthy filling of millets and chickpeas adds a lovely element to the dish Seema. Beautifully baked cute parcels.

5 years ago

OH WOW !!! you have selected such a lovely dish to share dear   Awesome these stuffed squashes… Something interesting really for me !!!

Veena Krishnakumar
5 years ago

These look so so cute. Lovely filling, and beautifully presented.

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