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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Butternut squash & cashew nut roast

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The nut roast is probably one of the more popular vegetarian dishes, comprising mainly a loaf type of arrangement of roasted vegetables, nuts, herbs and several other ingredients. This recipe makes no exception, although the utilisation of butternut squash and cashew nuts provides a wonderful sweet element to the dish, with the mellow aromatics of garlic and sage providing a hearty warm flavour.

You will need (makes a loaf):

1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic choppid very finely
Olive oil to hand for saute work
2 large deseeded butternut squash, cut into 1cm cubes
225g raw cashew nuts (optionally half anf half pistachio nuts) roughly chopped
pinch nutmeg
6 leaves sage chopped finely
salt and pepper

The doing bit:

Preheat oven to 220 C and roast for about half an hour until it begins to caramelise. While this is cooking in a pan saute the onion until it begins to colour / soften, add the garlic and cook on a low - moderate heat until the garlic begins to soften. Set to one side.

Take the finished squash and all other ingredients and mix well. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper, then press into a lined loaf tin. Bake for 60 minutes at roughly 200C, cover with foil for the fist 40 minutes then remove for the last 20.

Allow to cool a bit then cut into slices. Serve and devour.

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