Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Butternut Squash Salad and catching up from last week with fall vegetable crumble

Butternut Squash Chickpea Salad
Yield: about 4 servings
For the salad:
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into ¾-inch pieces
3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 hearts of romaine, cut or torn into bite-sized pieces
1 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
Pita chips, crumbled, for serving
3 tbsp. fresh minced chives, for serving
For the dressing: 
1/3 cup tahini
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 clove garlic, finely grated
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 425˚ F.  Adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions.  Line a baking sheet with foil.  On the baking sheet, combine the squash with 2 tablespoons of the oil.  Season generously with salt and pepper and toss to combine.  Place the baking sheet on the lower oven rack and roast until fork tender, about 20-25 minutes, tossing once during cooking.
Meanwhile, place the chicken on a second rimmed baking sheet lined with foil.  Drizzle lightly with the remaining olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place on the upper oven rack and roast until cooked through (160˚ F internal temperature on an instant read thermometer), about 15-20 minutes.  Set aside to rest briefly, then slice.
To make the dressing, in a small bowl, combine the tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, oregano and garlic.  Whisk together to blend.  Whisk in the water, adding more as needed until the dressing has reached your desired consistency.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Divide the lettuce up between serving plates.  Top each serving with some of the squash, chicken, chickpeas, pita and chips.  Drizzle lightly with the tahini dressing.  Sprinkle with the minced chives.  Serve immediately.

Crumble aux legumes du soleil (fall vegetable crumble)

serves 6 (can be doubled)

2 zucchini, diced
1 eggplant, peeled and diced
1 red pepper, diced
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 onion, diced
salt, pepper, basil or other fresh herbs
1 ball fresh mozzarella
1 stick cold butter
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
optional: prosciutto or coppa or pancetta, thinly sliced and cut into 2-inch lengths

Wash and dice all vegetables (dice+small cubes, all the same size to allow even cooking). In a separate bowl, sprinkle kosher salt over cubed eggplant. Let sit for 10 minutes, rinse and dry in a towel (if you skip this step, the dish will be too watery).

In a large saute pan, add a bit of olive oil. Saute onions, then add red pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes.

Add eggplant and zucchini. Saute for a couple of minutes.

Add the cherry tomatoes, season with salt, pepper, and herbs. Cook until there is no more water. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Make the crumble: cut the cold butter in small cubes and mix it with the flour so that it resembles small peas. Mix in grated Parmesan.

Put the vegetable is a shallow gratin dish. At this point, you can add the optional sliced cured meat. Distribute mozzarella over the vegetables and cover everything with the crumble.

Bake in 350 degree oven for approx. 30 minutes until crumble is golden Bon appetit!

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