|Roasted Squash Salad, 101 Cookbooks (source)--see recipe|
Meanwhile, Jamie Oliver was way ahead of the curve, as he stated as early as 2008 that in making smooth soups with butternut squash, he always leaves the skins on, then grinds it all together when he blends or food-processes the soup before serving! See recipe in above post for his Butternut squash soup, which is from the March 2008 Red Hill Root (in which Amy & Chris announced they were leaving, for you old timers!) Obviously it also can be made with Acorn squash, like we have (http://www.osfphila.org/files/file/redhillfarm/RHR_volVno%202_15Mar08.pdf).
And finally, Mothra Stewart (whoops, that's what we call her around our house!) also said in her Nov. 13 MSL that in roasting squash or pumpkin seeds, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GET ALL THE STRINGY GUNK OFF THE SEEDS! Woo hoo, I feel liberated! According to her (or her minions), "Roast seeds, flesh and all. Save yourself all the sorting and rinsing usually associated with cooking squash seeds, and roast the whole lot together. The fibrous pulp surrounding the seeds is sweet and nutty, amplifying the flavor of this addictive snack." Here's a link to a quick video of how easy it is to roast squash seeds this way! http://www.marthastewart.com/1039132/roasting-squash-seeds
Roasted Squash, Chile, and Mozzarella Salad--This calls for "buffalo mozzarella," not always easy to find here. If you can't find it, substitute fresh (not aged) mozzarella that's packed in water--true, real Italians are now throwing up their hands and running from the room!!! (For a fabulous and funny article on trying to produce buffalo [as in 'water buffalo'] mozzarella in the U.S., see http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/magazine/buffalo-mozzarella-craig-ramini.html?_r=0)
|Fresh buffalo mozzarella|
(photo source, NYT)
- 2 medium Delicata squash [or substitute acorn squash], scubbed, sliced lengthwise, and seeded [save those seeds for roasting the easy way]
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled & smashed
- 2-3 dried chiles, slivered (not too spicy/hot!)
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs, plus more for serving
- 1/4 tsp salt
- one 8-oz ball of buffalo mozzarella, or something similar [you can find it at TJ's or supermarkets--it's the fresh mozzarella that comes in water]--yes, yes, real Italians would be horrified; but you know, ya gotta bloom where you're planted!
- 4 cups arugula
- To serve, slivered scallion, herb flowers (optional), olive oil