Roast pumpkin with toasted hazelnuts, blue cheese and thyme
- October 2014
- Serves 6
- Hands-on time 30 min, oven time 30-40 min
This roast pumpkin recipe with toasted hazelnuts, blue cheese, fresh thyme and red chilli, makes a great dinner party starter for a cosy autumn gathering.
- 34.1g fat (13.3g saturated)
- 16g protein
- 6.3g carbs (4.7g sugars)
- 4.8g fibre
- 1g salt
- 1.5kg pumpkin or squash, deseeded, cut into wedges
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 100g hazelnuts
- 300g gorgonzola dolce (vegetarians can use cashel blue or similar)
- Zest 1 lemon
- 4-5 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked or sprigs torn
- 1-2 red chillies, finely shredded
- Heat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Brush the pumpkin/squash wedges with the oil, season well and lay out on baking trays – don’t crowd them or they won’t crisp up. Bake for 30-40 minutes, turning once, until crisp and charred in places.
- Meanwhile, heat a frying pan with a drizzle of the oil, then lightly toast the h40azelnuts over a medium heat. Put on kitchen paper to cool slightly, then roughly chop (see Make Ahead).
- Divide the pumpkin/squash among plates, crumble over the cheese, then top with the chopped hazelnuts, lemon zest, thyme and red chilli. Drizzle with oil to serve.
Unless your pumpkin has a really tough, craggy skin, you don’t need to peel it.
Toast the hazelnuts up to 24 hours in advance, cool and keep in a sealed container. You can roast the pumpkin ahead too – cool and keep, covered, in the fridge overnight, then reheat at 180°C/fan160°C/gas 4 to serve.
You can vary the cheese you use – roquefort, goat’s cheese or ricotta will all work well. Vegetarians can use cashel blue or similar instead (see cashelblue.com for stockists).
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