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Author Notes: Roasted and carmelized kabocha squash, sweet potatoes and scallions make a tasty appetizer that is easily adapted to an hors d'ouvres. Crispy, velvety and chic. So simple to make and guaranteed to impress your guests at a dinner or cocktail party. —Nissrine @ Harmony à la Carte
- 4 Squares of filo pastry (5 sheets of filo pastry stacked and then cut into 5x5 inch squares)
- 1.5 cups Kabocha Squash, peeled and diced into small cubes
- 1.5 cups Sweet Potatoes, peeled and diced into small cubes (about 1/2 large sweet potatoe)
- 4 Scallions, roots trimmed, sliced in half lengthwise
- 1/2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
- 5-6 sprigs Fresh Thyme, stems removed
- Neutral Oil or Vegan Butter to brush filo pastry
- Preheat oven to 180 C (approx 356 F)
- Place peeled and diced squash and sweet potato in a single layer on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and top with scallions that have been halved lengthwise
- Sprinkle with sea salt, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and maple syrup and sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves
- Place cookie sheet in the preheated oven.
- Remove scallions after about 30 min (once the tips start to get slightly crispy, but not burnt) and continue roasting the squash and sweet potato for another 5-7 minutes, until well browned and caramelized.
- The dark green tips of the scallions will be a little crispy. Slice those off and reserve as a garnish (about 1 inch off the top). Roughly chop the remainder of the scallions (white and green parts).
- Remove roasted squash and sweet potato from the oven and combine with chopped scallions in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine, then purée with a hand blender until smooth and creamy.
- While the veggies are roasting, prepare filo cups. Layer 5 sheets of filo and using a sharp knife cut out four 5 x5 inch squares. Each square will be made up of 5 layers of filo. If you prefer, you can cut out smaller size squares or circles for bite size hors d'ouvres.
- Cover filo squares with a damp towel or plastic wrap so they don't dry out. Working with one 5 layer square at a time, brush each layer with melted vegan butter or neutral oil (I used an organic neutral sunflower seed oil).
- Place prepared filo cups in muffin tins or mini tart pans (I used 4 inch round tart pans) and poke bottom with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes, at 180 C, until golden (because oven temperatures vary, be sure to check on your tarts frequently and make sure they don't burn)
- Remove filo cups from oven. Divide puréed mixture evenly between the cups, top with crispy scallion tips.
- If necessary (i.e the purée has cooled too much), place assembled cups in the oven to heat through for 2-3 minutes before serving, being extra careful not to burn the filo.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Scallions