Roasted Butternut Squash With Sopresatta (adapted from Heidi Cooks Supper)
For the baby poo:
One butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeds and stringy pulp removed.
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 TBSP half & half, milk or heavy cream (depending on how naughty you're feeling)
2 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place squash halves cut-side up on the baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast in preheated oven for 40-60 minutes, or until squash is fork tender. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Scrape pulp from squash into a mixing bowl. Add half & half and parmesan cheese and mash well until smooth.
For the doggie barf:
3 oz. sopressata (or other dry-cured salami, cut into a fine dice)
1 cup diced onion
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups (packed) baby spinach, julienned
2 TBSP half & half, milk or heavy cream (again, depending on your level of naughtiness)
grated parmesan cheese
Over medium heat, saute salami until slightly crisp and most of the fat has been released. Remove salami from skillet with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Add the onion to the skillet, season lightly with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and saute until onions are translucent, 5-6 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue sauteing until they're just starting to lose their moisture, another 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for another minute or two. Add in the spinach and continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until spinach has lost its raw color. Add the half & half and simmer for a minute or two to reduce. Return the salami to the skillet.
Reheat baby poo briefly in microwave and spoon into serving bowl. Top with doggie barf and garnish with as much parmesan cheese as your little heart desires. (Don't forget to stir it all together until it really resembles something that you just don't think you should eat.)
By the way, the doggie barf would also make an excellent topping for your favorite pasta, if you're not a butternut squash kind of person.