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Author Notes: A warm and earthy dish to carry us through the cold days... —QueenSashy
- 1 butternut squash (about 3lb)
- 5 ounces baby arugula
- 8 ounces Burrata, cut into thin slices
- 1/4 pound hazelnuts
- 1 cup aged balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus some more for drizzling)
- 2 tablespoons hazelnut oil
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- First toast the hazelnuts. Preheat the oven to 360°F. Spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes. Stir the nuts often to make sure that they toast evenly. Remove the hazelnuts from the oven when they are fragrant and golden, and allow them to cool at room temperature. Once the hazelnuts have cooled completely, rub them with your hands, or between two kitchen towels, to remove the skin. Cut the hazelnuts in half and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Slice the stem off of the top of the squash and remove the bottom. With a vegetable peeler remove the skin. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds. Slice the flesh into 3/4-inch dice. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and toss to combine. Place the cubes on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for about 25 minutes. You want the cubes to be golden and slightly charred, yet still firm. Remove the squash from the oven and let it cool.
- Prepare the balsamic reduction. In a small skillet or saucepan, bring the aged balsamic vinegar to boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer, long and slow. until reduced to about a third of its original volume. (The reduction will thicken some more as it cools. If it becomes too thick, thin it with a drop of water.) Remember, a long slow simmer of very low heat....
- Prepare the vinaigrette. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, hazelnut oil and white balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and whisk until well blended and creamy.
- In a large bowl toss the arugula with the half of the vinaigrette. Arrange the arugula on a large platter. Top with the butternut squash cubes and burrata. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and sprinkle with pepper (you might have some leftover vinaigrette). Spoon the balsamic reduction generously on top, finish with the hazelnuts and serve.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Green Holiday Side
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Most Impressive Dinner Party Side
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