The great thing about Butternut Squash is that itâ€™s so sweet, people often forget itâ€™s a healthy vegetable. When itâ€™s made into a dip like this, itâ€™s brilliant to serve with raw Vegetables (slices of Pepper, Cucumber, Celery etc.), or even served warm with a Dinner.
To Serve 4
1 Large Butternut Squash, peeled
2 Sprigs Thyme
Pinch Maldon Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1.2tsp Ground Cumin
3tbsp Olive Oil
1. Heat an Oven to 180C.
2. Remove the peel from the Squash using a speed peeler â€“ much easier and simpler than using a knife. Cut in half, then scoop out the seeds in the middle with a spoon. Cut into chunks about an inch across, and place on a baking tray.
3. Strip the Thyme Leaves from the stalk, then sprinkle over the Squash, along with the Black Pepper, Sea Salt and Cumin. Drizzle the Honey over the top, then the Olive Oil. Mix well.
4. Roast in the Oven for twenty to thirty minutes, , checking frequently to make sure the Honey doesnâ€™t caramelise â€“ if you see it changing, lower the heat slightly.
5. To check itâ€™s ready, try to insert a knife into one of the pieces. If it goes through easily, itâ€™s ready. Remove from the oven, and process in small amounts, before mixing together. If itâ€™s too thick for your tastes, add a small amount of Olive Oil.
Serve fresh from the Processor, or leave to cool and serve as a dip.
Photo Courtesy of: Martin Cathrae