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Roasted butternut squash with a yoghurt tahini dressing

I love all squash and now is the very best time to use them; butternut squash, in particular, is easy to grow and such a glorious autumnal colour.

You may be tempted in this recipe to use redundant pumpkins left after halloween, they make great soup but a little bit watery to roast. This dish is delicious served as a side dish to accompany any meal, great for Thanksgiving or serve on a bed of couscous or quinoa with some salad leaves for a tasty main course.

The dressing is a real favourite of mine, there will be enough left for several other salads; I always think it’s a waste of time to make a dressing for a day. Keep a selection of good dressings in your fridge, they will enhance any vegetables or salad, transforming that quick lunch into something altogether more exciting. I have bought a number of plastic squeezey bottles which do the storage job so well – remember to label them!

A great read and visual delight – The Compleat Squash by Amy Goldman

Roasted butternut squash with a yoghurt tahini dressing

Serves 6

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 2 tbp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 sage leaves

For the dressing

  • 2 tbp Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbp tahini paste
  • 1 tsp honey or agave
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbp warm water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of chilli flakes and toasted seeds to serve

Wash the butternut squash and cut up into slices or cubes, put in a baking tray with the olive oil, sage and seasoning. Bake at 180 oc for 15 minutes until just soft.

Meanwhile make the dressing, combine all the ingredients, add the water, if needed to achieve a runny honey consistency. Serve the dressing with a pinch of chilli flakes and scatter seeds over the butternut squash. Drizzle the dressing on the squash and serve.

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