KABOCHA SQUASH TOAST WITH RICOTTA AND MINT

IMG_3868Here is another recipe inspired by abc kitchen. Crunchy toast topped with homemade ricotta and roasted kabocha squash. The fresh mint adds a brightness to the sweet and creamy topping. You can make it ahead of time and bring it to room temperature when you are ready to serve.

KABOCHA SQUASH TOAST WITH RICOTTA AND MINT

1 kabocha squash, washed, peeled, and cut into small cubes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried red chili flakes
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 yellow onions, quartered and sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup good maple syrup
1 cup apple cider vinegar ( I used Braggs)
4 slices rustic country sourdough bread, sliced 1/2-inch thick
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup homemade ricotta
3 sprigs mint, leaves removed
Coarse sea salt to taste

IMG_3862Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Combine squash and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil in a large bowl.  Season with the chili flakes and salt. Place on sheet tray lined with parchment paper in one even layer. Roast at 500 degrees for approximately 15-18 minutes, rotating with a spatula every few minutes for even cooking. Cook until squash is tender and lightly colored.

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In a medium sauté pan,  heat 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and add the onions. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden brown. Add the vinegar and maple syrup, turn the heat up and reduce until the liquid becomes syrupy.

While the onions are still warm, combine with the roasted squash, cool and reserve.

Drizzle bread with extra virgin olive oil and cook in a nonstick pan over medium heat until golden and crispy. Make sure to cook both sides so that you get a nice crunch. Spread 2 tablespoons of ricotta over the oiled side of the toast, then top with a thick layer of kabocha mix, spread evenly over the toast. Cut the toast into 4 and top with mint. I like the look of tearing the mint leaves into pieces but feel free to do a chiffonade. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of Maldon salt or any course sea salt.

Enjoy!

(Adapted from It’s All Fare)

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