Fabulous Food, by Lynn Bedford Hall
Cinnamon-roasted Butternut Salad, a recipe from Fabulous Food.
If I were to spell out the entire title it would run on to two full lines or more, and I know that recipes with more than seven words in the title tend to frighten people.
But I have to say that this salad also contains red and yellow peppers, olives, feta cheese, basil and balsamic vinegar, and yet it is really straightforward to prepare and looks like a picture in a dish. Perfect with pasta or lamb, or centred at a buffet, which is where I first met this technicolour beauty and was prompted to devise my own version.
2 large red and 2 large yellow peppers, halved, seeded and ribs removed
1 large butternut, peeled, seeds and stringy bits discarded, cubed (1.2 kg prepared weight)
60 ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
30 ml (2 Tbsp) light brown sugar
5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon and a little sea salt
crumbled feta cheese
stoned black olives
a few fresh basil leaves, torn
20 ml (4 tsp) balsamic vinegar
Flatten the peppers and place spread out on a grill pan. Grill until blackened. Remove, wrap in a damp tea towel and set aside while you switch off the griller, turn up the oven heat to 220 °C, and attend to the butternut. Spread the cubes in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with baking paper.
Drizzle the olive oil over as evenly as you can, then sprinkle with the sugar, cinnamon and salt. Roast for about 20 minutes, until browned and soft. Skin the peppers, slice into thin strips, add to the butternut and turn everything into a large, flattish salad bowl.
Leave to cool, then sprinkle with the feta, olives and basil and finally drizzle with the vinegar to cut the sweetness. If working ahead, cover the butternut pepper mixture loosely once it has stopped steaming, then add the remaining ingredients just before serving. Serves 8.
This is an extract from the book: Fabulous Food, by Lynn Bedford Hall
Book title: Fabulous Food
Author: Lynn Bedford Hall
Cape Town, South Africa 2007
Hardcover, 22x30 cm, 200 pages, throughout colour photos
Bedford Hall, Lynn im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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