Difficulty level Easy
YIELD Serves 6
Okay, the fun and games of Halloween are over and now it is time to turn your attention to the serious business of Thanksgiving. Over the next few weeks, I am going to give you some suggestions for easy to make side dishes which you can take as your contribution to the dinner. Or maybe this is the year that you are hosting the event and need some ideas.
Being mindful of just how hectic the kitchen can be on the big day-and how frazzled the cook may become-the focus of this series will be on recipes that you can make ahead of time, or that need very little last-minute attention.Today's recipe originally included grilled polenta, but that just seemed more complicated than necessary and the rest of the recipe sounded quite good so I just dropped that part of it. Don't be a slave to a recipe.
Part of learning to cook is learning to drop things and substitute. If you don't have pomegranate juice, use cranberry juice. The pumpkins in my local market didn't look terrific, so I got a butternut squash instead. The spinach was local and the arugula wasn't, so I used the spinach. I didn't want to buy special vinegar, so I used red wine vinegar. This recipe was designed to serve the pumpkin warm, but we ate it at room temperature and it was delicious.
A word to the wise: Hide the candied pumpkin seeds until you are ready to serve the salad or they will be gone. In fact, they are so good you could make batches of these and take them in jars or bowls to parties as a hostess gift.
|1 tbsp||unsalted butter|
|1 tbsp||tbsp sugar|
|1/2 tsp||ground cumin|
|1/2 cup||raw green (hulled) pumpkin seeds, also called pepitas|
|1 tbsp||fresh pomegranate juice, or cranberry juice|
|2 tsp||sherry vinegar|
|1 tsp||minced shallot|
|6 tbsp||extra virgin olive oil|
|1 small||pumpkin or butternut squash, about 2 lbs peeled, quartered lengthwise and seeded|
|1 piece||Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese|
|8 oz||arugula, washed|
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