Saturday, 14 September 2013

Roasted butternut squash, spinach & a tahini sauce plus potato rosti

Make it crispy!


Ingredients for 2:
All the ingredients for the dish
·         1 onion
·         1 potato
·         ½ of a small butternut squash
·         1 red sweet pepper
·         50ml of rapeseed oil
·         2 tablespoons of tahini paste (sesame seeds paste)
·         2 tablespoons of mild sugar free mustard
·         8 cubes of frozen spinach leaves defrosted.
·         Salt & pepper
·         3 Brazil nuts
·         3 garlic cloves

 
METHOD:
Roast the butternut squash:
Cut the butternut squash into quarters (with or without the skin) and place in an oven proof dish. Season the butternut with salt, black pepper and a splash of oil. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes at 200C. Once cooked and browned, switch off the oven and leave the dish inside to keep warm.


Frying the rostis
For the potato rostis:  While the squash is in the oven, peel and grate the potato then squeeze the water out of it.  Season with salt and coarse black pepper (there is no need to shape the rostis’).  Heat a non-stick pan and add a dash of rapeseed oil. Deposit a hand full of the grated potato mixture in the pan then flatten with a spatula. Cook each side of the rosti for 2 minutes until golden brown. Then remove and place on a kitchen towel. Repeat until all the rostis’ are done.

For the Spinach: If using frozen spinach cubes, defrost them and squeeze out the water. Chop 1 half of the onion and the 3 garlic cloves, fry them with the 3 finely chopped Brazil nuts until they are brown. Once this is done, add the spinach. Stir with a sponged spatula whilst separating the leaves. Add a bit of salt and pepper then stir again, and add 4 tablespoons of water. Cover and simmer for 2 minutes. That is done

For the sauce: Chop the other half of onion into really fine pieces. Heat 2 tablespoons of rapeseed oil in a pan, brown the onions, don’t let them burn. Now add the tahini paste and the mustard. Stir for 2 minutes then add a glass of water and leave to simmer gently for 5 minutes uncovered. Stir from time to time so it doesn’t stick. The sauce is ready.
Serving suggestion
Now all you need to do is serve before it gets cold. The dish is best served with the sauce on the side.

 Voila!

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