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Recipe: Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut Pesto

We found this recipe to be pretty flexible.  We didn’t have the right cheese (we used some slightly dried out Dubliner) and added a little lemon juice since the squash is pretty sweet.  If you don’t have hazelnuts, you could substitute almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, etc.  We loved the result.  The recipe is from food52, and as usual you can see the original webpage by clicking on the picture.

Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut Pesto

Photo credit: James Ransom

 

 Author Notes: Sage and butternut squash are a classic pairing. This is my riff on that pairing – a combination of squash wedges roasted at a very high heat topped with a hazelnut, sage, and ricotta salata pesto-ish topping. The idea to make a pesto using sage was inspired by the sage pesto in the Zuni Cafe Cookbook. The finished dish is great hot or at room temperature. – melissav

Food52 Review: Remember that potato chip commercial that goes: “Betcha can’t eat just one?” Well, that’s kind of how we felt, eating these squash wedges right out of the bowl. With our fingers. In a 500-degree oven, melissav’s squash develops gorgeous bronzed edges and an almost candied interior. A hint of cayenne brings a subtle kick. The pesto, almost impossibly fragrant, is rich and subtle at the same time. It’s garlicky without being overpowering, the toasted hazelnuts give it richness and depth, and the ricotta salata lends the otherwise earthy pesto a fresh salinity. We dare you to eat just one wedge. – A&M

Ingredients

Sage, Hazelnut, Ricotta Salata Pesto

  • 1/4 cup sage, chopped
  • 4-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons ricotta salata, crumbled or chopped until a medium fine crumble
  • Salt

Butternut Squash

  • 2 butternut squashes [about 3.5 lbs total when unpeeled]
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoons cayenne, depending on taste

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 and place a rack in the lowest slot in the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Peel the butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut each squash half in half widthwise, right where the slender part curves out to the bulge. Cut each quarter into about 1 inch wedges (see picture) and place in a bowl.
  3. Toss squash with olive oil, sugar, salt, and cayenne. Place in a single layer on baking sheet.
  4. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes until caramelized. Remove from oven and flip over. Bake another 10 to 15 minutes until caramelized on the other side and cooked through. The pieces on the edges of the baking sheet will caramelize first so you want to move around during the baking time.
  5. While the squash is roasting, make the pesto: Warm 3 tablespoons olive oil, sage, and garlic in a small pan over very low heat just until the oil bubbles. Pour in a small bowl, reserving the garlic clove. Place the toasted hazelnuts in mini food processor along with the garlic clove and process until a fine crumble and add to the bowl (alternatively, you can do by hand or in a mortar and pestle). Add the cheese to the bowl along with 1 to 2 tablespoons more olive oil and stir until combined and salt to taste. This is not a traditional pesto — more nutty than herby and not so much oil.
  6. Once the squash is roasted, place in a large bowl and toss with pesto to taste. Dig in.

Notes

  • Serves 4

–posted by Steven

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Recipe: Winter Squash Soup with (Less) Red Chile and Mint

That colorful squash in your CSA box this week is a Carnival Squash.  It is a cross between Sweet Dumpling and Acorn squash.  You can use it the same way you would use acorn or butternut.

This week’s recipe is from Food52, and was adapted by Nicholas Day from Deborah Madison’s Vegetable Literacy.

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Winter Squash Soup with (Less) Red Chile and Mint

Photo credit: Ryan Dausch

 

Lightly adapted from Deborah Madison’s Vegetable Literacy. Key changes: 1) I have used her variation of simply roasting the squash (instead of peeling and chopping it). 2) Far less red chile. (If you like, feel free to add a couple more teaspoons.) What you want, as Madison stresses, is not chili powder, which is a blend, but pure ground chile. Look for a mild or medium ground chile; a hot chile will smother the other flavors here. Also, if you don’t have any cheesecloth for the spice sachet, a folded and tied coffee filter will do the job.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds or more of winter squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chile powder
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, or water
  • 12 coriander seeds, 12 black peppercorns, and 4 whole cloves, all tied in a cheesecloth sachet
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • A handful of sliced mint for garnish

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and roast on a baking sheet until soft, about 35 minutes. After it cools slightly, measure out about 2 cups worth.
  2. In a soup pot, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the 2 cups of squash, onion, basil, and mint and cook, stirring frequently, for about five minutes. Then add the cinnamon stick and the chile powder, followed by the stock, the spice sachet, and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for about 20 minutes, or until the flavors have melded.
  3. Remove the cinnamon stick and the spice sachet and puree until smooth. Reheat the soup gently, then stir in the cream. Serve with a topping of fresh mint.

Notes

  • Serves 4-6.

–posted by Steven

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