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Author Notes: This is a self-developed recipe, with no inspiration other than the ingredients of which it consists. Sometimes I have a craving for putting certain ingredients together, this dish was the result of just that. I could not resist combining pine nuts, chevre, apples and sage. I thought, how could this go wrong? Thankfully for my taste buds and yours the combination was a success! Therefore, here is my recipe in the food52 Butternut Squash contest because of a craving. - Table9
Serves 4 main courses
- 2 1 lb. Butternut Squash, Peeled and 1 in. Cubed
- 2 tablespoons Good Olive Oil
- 1 bunch Sage Leaves
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
- 2 teaspoons Cracked Black Pepper
- 1/4 cup Belle Chevre (Local Alabama Goat Cheese, Just cannot beat it!)
- 3/4 tablespoon Toasted Pine Nuts (see www.bonappetit.com for instructions)
- 1 tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 2 Granny Smith Apples, Cored and Cubed
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and grease one 11x14 cookie sheet.
- Place cubed squash on greased cookie sheet (be sure to evenly distribute and that no cubes are on top of each other as to cook evenly). Drizzle 1 tablespoon of Good Olive Oil over the top of the cubes and season with 1 teaspoon of Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper.
- Roast squash for 30 - 40 minutes, or until soft.
- While Squash is roasting, heat 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter in a small frying pan and throw in cubed apples. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and toss. Cook until soft, but still with a little crunch. Place in reserve bowl.
- Using the same pan you used for the apples, pour 1 tablespoon of Good Olive Oil in the pan and once oil is hot, fry sage leaves whole. This should not take but a few minutes. Once finished reserve sage in the bowl with the apples. Add toasted pine nuts to this same bowl.
- Remove Butternut Squash from the oven, and pour squash cubes in the reserved bowl of sage, apples and pine nuts.
- Sprinkle with Goat Cheese, remaining Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper. Toss all ingredients and serve immediately.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Vegetarian Holiday Side
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Non-Pie Thanksgiving Dessert
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Butternut Squash