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Friday, August 8, 2008

Recipe: Butternut Squash Hash

Originally on InnSane.

I'm just going to throw up the bare bones outline. For a more detailed recipe, you'll have to buy the book when it comes out. One day.

1. take 2 butternut squash, peel, and then medium dice them.

2. take 1 sweet potato or yam and peel and dice, also medium.

Roast them together at 350 in a preheated oven for about 1/2 hour or until they start to brown on the edges. This is a light roast.

3. Buy Alan Benton's hams and dice them also medium dice. I use about 1/4 - 1/2 of a pound. Take the ham and saute it in a T of EVO. Then put in Kahlua and apple jack. About 1/4 - 1/3 cup combined. Flambe it. When the flames go out, set aside. Sometimes, I also use his bacon. It's fantastic. If you add his bacon use about 1/4 - 1/2 a pound. Play with it.

4. Sweat 1/2 diced, small, onion in some butter, and then add about 6-8 oz of mushrooms, sliced thin. You can add more if you like.

5. Combine the roasted veggies with the mushrooms and onion and heat lightly. Add the ham, drained, and then top with toasted sunflower seeds. I used about 1/2 a cup. Season with white pepper. No need for salt the ham has it.

For vegetarians, leave out the ham and add cranberries instead and season with the white pepper and some sea salt. I like to use smoke sea salt.

Enjoy.

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