Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What do you get, if..?

You combine this....

with this

and that?

How about a dish that is satisfying, sensual and only has three ingredients?
The only thing missing would be a clever name, but this dish is fantastic even without a catchy moniker.

Roasted Pumpkin with Fried Sage:

You will need:

1 large onion - red is nice for the color
1 pie pumpkin - peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
at least half a bunch of fresh sage leaves - plucked from stem
cooking oil

1. In a large pan or wok - sautee onions until translucent - season with salt.
2. Add pumpkin cubes and reduce heat - coat pumpkin cubes well with oil all around and stir fry for at least 15 minutes over low heat with a cover - until pumpkin cubes are soft enough to be pierced with a knife. The tenderness is up to you, but you should taste one, because undercooked squash is unpleasant.
3. In a small separate pan heat at least two tablespoons of oil until it is quite hot - not smoking - careful! - add your individual sage leaves. They should crisp as they hit the oil. If they don't the oil is not hot enough. Crisp lightly on both sides - you would like them to get a crunchy texture, but don't overdo it.
4. Serve your pumpkins on a plate and add sage leaves on the top. This goes really well with a fresh salad and maybe an oat burger on the side.

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