1 butternut squash, peeled, and cut into 1/2″ to 1″ cubes
1 T butter
1 T plus 1 t olive oil, divided
2 carrots, chopped
6 cloves garlic, diced
1 shallot, chopped
1 T lemon juice, divided
1 T maple syrup
dash t cayenne
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1 t plus 1/4 t salt, divided
1/4 t pepper
1/2 T apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 C vegetable stock
2 1/2 C black beans, cooked
1 T parmesan cheese/serving, grated, for topping
lemon wedges, for topping
1/2 slice bacon/serving (opt.), cooked and crumbled
Pre-heat oven to 375F. Toss squash with 1 t olive oil, 1/4 t salt, and a pinch of pepper. Roast on a baking sheet for 45-60 minutes, or until squash is tender (amount of time will vary depending on size of cubes). Check part way through roasting time to be sure it’s not burning. Rotate pan/flip squash if desired.
Cook bacon. Drain on paper towel and discard grease. Set aside.
Heat soup pot. Add butter and remaining oil and brown (being careful not to let it burn). Add salt, pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes, cumin, onion, and carrot. Cook 10 minutes, covered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
Add garlic. Stir and cook 1 minute. Add vinegar, 1/2 T lemon juice, and maple syrup. Cook 3 minutes.
Add remaining lemon juice, beans, squash, and stock. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil; cook 10 minutes. Turn heat down to low and cook 10 minutes more. Stir occasionally, and add more stock or water if needed.
Serve topped with bacon, parmesan cheese, and a lemon wedge to squeeze over top.
1 C cheese, grated (parmesan and gruyère), a bit reserved for topping
1/2 to 1 t salt
1/2 to 1 T savory, finely chopped
4 slices of tomato (could also cut them into small pieces, as a slice is more difficult to eat)
Bring water and milk to a boil. Turn heat to medium-low. Add cornmeal, a bit at a time, whisking to combine. Whisk occasionally as it thickens, about 3-4 minutes.
Remove from heat and whisk in cheese, salt, pepper, and savory.
Pour into individual ramekins (or small oven proof bowls). Top with a slice of tomato, a bit more cheese, and a savory leaf.
Broil for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and tomato has softened. (I used a countertop convection oven. In the regular oven, keep the door open and an eye on it so it doesn’t burn – cooking time may be shorter.)
Use any leftovers to make Squash and Polenta Soup. Or, to re-heat, cover ramekins with foil let stand on the counter for about 15 minutes. Then set in the oven as it pre-heats to 350F. Bake for about 45 minutes, then uncover, top with a little more cheese, and bake 15 minutes more.
I served this with some Chicken Braised with Tomato and Red Wine, and some Fava Beans with Butter and Savory. It could also be served for breakfast, along with a fried egg and some whole wheat toast. If you don’t like cornmeal, substitute with mashed potatoes, then broil as directed.
tiny pinch salt (we’re talking a few granules here)
granola (for topping)
Place pears cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake at 350F for about 20-30 minutes, or until pears are tender. Remove from oven and scrape a little bit out of center (without piercing through the skin).
Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, butter, and the pear you’d scooped out. Fill pears with sugar mixture.
Return to oven and bake 5-10 more minutes, or until center is melty.
1 medium avocado, peeled and coarsely chopped (about 1 cup)
Cut chile in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place chile halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 6 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 5 minutes. Peel and chop chile.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine chile, uncooked quinoa, masa harina, 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl; stir until a soft dough forms. Divide mixture into 4 equal pieces; shape each piece into a 4-inch patty. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sopes to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn sopes over; place pan in oven. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until browned and heated through.
Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, olive oil, juice, and sugar in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula and remaining ingredients; toss gently to coat. Serve over sopes.