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Friday, 18 October 2013

Butternut Squash Oven Roasted with Mediterranean Style Turkey mince

Who else is nuts about butternut squash ?  Healthy golden and delicious baked in the oven till soft and caramelised.

Filled with turkey mince, red wine, sweet pepper, onion, paprika, sage, oregano, garlic, tomato puree, sun dried herb tomato puree, bay leaf, coriander, fresh tomato, sea salt and black pepper, a twist at the end a few chopped slices of beetroot in vinegar which worked well. This was delicious . nourishing and very juicy ! YUM !  This is a recipe from my teens as I would not have eaten it as a child.

Ingredients - Serves 2

. 1 large butternut squash, washed and cut into 2 halves lengthwise, pips and loose fiber scooped out with a        . spoon to make a hollow
. 500 g. of dark meat turkey mince
. 1/2 a sweet pointed red pepper, finely sliced
.  1 finely chopped red onion
. 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
. 1 bay leaf
. 1 tsp cinnamon powder
. 1 tsp cumin powder
. 1 tsp paprika
. 1/2 tsp oregano
. 1 tsp cumin powder
. sea salt and black pepper to taste
. 1 tbs. olive oil for cooking butternut squash in oven
. 1 tbs. olive oil for cooking onions and mince
. 1/4 cup of red wine
. 1 tbs. balsamic vinegar
. 1 tsp. tomato puree
. 1 tsp coriander paste, or 1 tbs. fresh chopped 
. 1 tbs. sun dried herb tomato puree
. optional a little chopped beetroot in vinegar added to final mince dish for a twist in flavour


Preheat oven to 200* C , rub salt and olive oil on open flesh side of squash, place on an oven tray and cook in the oven till soft and caramelised 
While cooking squash, cook mince
Put a large fry pan on a moderate heat and stir fry onions till start to brown, add garlic, sweet pepper, bay leaf and stir fry 1 minute
Add tomato puree and sun dried herb puree and fry for 1 minute
Add mince and stir fry 2 minutes to coat and colour the mince
Add chopped tomato, red wine, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
bring mince mix up to high heat while stirring, reduce heat to moderate and cook mince till thoroughly cooked add coriander and stir in for 1 minute. Add chopped beetroot if using, it does blend well with the mince.

Add mince to the hollow in the squash halves and accompany with vegetables of choice.