Monday, April 5, 2010

Roasted Butternut Squash With Sopressata

One of the toughest things about food blogging is accepting the fact that not all food that tastes good, looks good. I mean how does one make green split pea soup look appetizing? Or mashed potatoes with gravy, noodles and corn all swirled together? (Or maybe I'm the only one that eats my mashed potatoes like that?) Anyway, you get the point and you're just going to have to believe me when I say that even though this dish looks like a pile of baby poo topped with a pile of doggie barf and parmesan cheese, it really, really was a tasty dish. However, after I photographed it, I stirred it all together and ate it just like I eat my mashed potatoes, gravy, noodles and corn. YUM!

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.

To serve:

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.


Abby said...

Mags, you crack me up! And this sounds delicious, poo and barf and all! =)

Federica said...

mmmmmmmm..che buono!!! baci!

Grumpy & HoneyB said...

You are too funny! I love how you say what you think! :) I eat my taters, gravy & corn the same way myself!

June said...

Yummo, but I'm not sure I can try it for a little while. I had enough trouble with "pretend sick". Wimp, I know but you sure had me laughing!

Linda said...

I am cracking up at your description of this dish!
The only thing I can get to look good in a photo is dessert. And even sometimes that is iffy!
I never heard of supressata before! Dog barf, I know!

stephchows said...

lol some times the best tasting things look the worst!

A Year on the Grill said...

Oh My... what a beautiful presentation!

Laurie said...

Doggie poo and baby barf have never tasted or looked so appetizing!!! :) You had me giggling again Mags!
By the way, I LOVE eating corn with my mashed potatoes and gravy. There isn't any other way, is there?!?!
I have to be honest ... I didn't know what suppressata was. Learn something new everyday!! :)

Velva said...

You are hard on yourself because quite frankly this dish looks wonderful. I would have never thought of combining sopressata and butternut squash ( why, i don't know it's similar to bacon)-this is a great simple combination. I love it!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

Better than looking great and tasting terrible! I love butternut squash.

Megan said...

You are hilarious! It does look really good to me... but I know what you mean. Sometimes I make things, and there's no way to get an appetizing photograph. I suppose if I made pea soup, I would just crumble a whole bunch of bacon on top and hope for the best!

Valen said...

I have a butternut squash that needs to be eaten, this looks great, I might make this, but with no salami.

msmeanie said...

Yay, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who's still eating butternut squash in the spring time. I can't get enough of it, and this recipe looks like a great way to enjoy it. YUM.

Heidi of Heidi Cooks Supper said...

So glad you adapted and enjoyed the recipe! I think I'll incorporate some of your adaptations.

And I love "Poo and Barf." Perfect name for it!