This is the ultimate autumnal supper.
Today’s recipe does not contain a ten page ingredients list or fancy foreign techniques that you have to google – it is a simple, rustic and delicious dish that you will keep on coming back to. Just roast the squash in a little oil, stir in some cheese (because when isn’t cheese a good idea) and fresh herbs (the best way to elevate a dish) and then top it with a sprinkling of my absolutely beautiful breadcrumbs and dinner is ready!
This makes a lovely vegetarian center piece, you could serve it alongside griddled chicken breast or use it as a side for your next roast dinner. If you have leftover breadcrumbs then try scattering them on top of a vegetable soup this winter as an easy alternative to crackers or croutons.
Prep time – 20 minutes
Cooking time – 50 minutes
- 1 butternut squash
- 150 g feta
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 large handful basil, finely chopped
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- 2 slices sourdough
- 3 sprigs rosemary
- 3 sprigs sage
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C.
- Cut the butternut squash in half. Place on a baking tray and use a sharp knife to score into the flesh of each half in a criss cross pattern – this will help it cook more evenly. Season generously with salt and pepper and drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil onto each half and then place in the oven to cook for 40 minutes or until soft.
- In a blender blitz up the sourdough with salt, pepper, sage and rosemary until they form coarse breadcrumbs. Pour this mixture out onto a large baking tray and drizzle 2 tbsp of olive oil over it all.
- Remove the butternut squash from the oven and scrape out the flesh into a bowl. Crumble over the feta, basil and nutmeg and then use a fork to mash it all together until combined. Season with a little salt and pepper if needed and an extra dash of olive oil if it looks a little dry. Pour the mixture back into the butternut squash cases and then return to the oven for 10 minutes.
- Place the tray of breadcrumbs into the oven for five minutes until they have turned a golden brown and crunchy.
- When they are ready take the squash and crumbs out of the oven, sprinkle the crumbs over the squash and then serve alongside steamed greens or a tomato salad.
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