After all the whirl and wonderful fun of holiday entertaining, I was ready to appreciate a little simple, unembellished eating.
I was charmed by this Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole - by the twist on a familiar dish. I loved the crunch of the pumpkin seeds and the freshness of the lime juice and avocados mixed with the earthiness of the pumpkin. It was delicious with corn chips and lightly toasted bread, but would also work well as an accompaniment to fish or chicken, or tossed with salad greens.
ROASTED PUMPKIN GUACAMOLE
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup of pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Heat oven to 375F.
Place pumpkin on a cookie sheet, toss with half the olive oil and season with salt. Roast pumpkin about 15 minutes, until just tender. Remove from oven, cool to room temperature.
Halve the avocados, remove pits, leaving the skin intact. Cup one half at a time in palm, score flesh with paring knife in a grid. Spoon avocado flesh into bowl. Add onion, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, remaining olive oil, cumin and pumpkin. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Gently stir together.
Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens, September 2012
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