Winter Squash Puree with Tahini Recipe

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Submitted by sailingchef

Makes 4 servings



This popular appetizer from the Middle East is a sort of sweet-tasting hummus, in which winter squash substitutes for chickpeas. This recipe is an adaptation of one by the cookbook author Clifford A. Wright. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and a drizzle of olive oil.

Recipe Ingredients for Winter Squash Puree With Tahini

2 1/2 pounds winter squash, like butternut
1/3 cup tahini, stirred if the oil has separated out
2 cloves garlic, halved, with green shoots removed
1 Salt to taste
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground

Recipe Directions for Winter Squash Puree With Tahini

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with olive oil. If using butternut squash, cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy membranes, and lay cut-side down on the foil-covered baking sheet. If using a thick slice of squash, scrape off any membranes. Bake 45 minutes to one hour, or until very soft. A knife should cut through it without resistance, and the skin should be wrinkled. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, then peel and transfer to a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the tahini, and puree until smooth and creamy.

  2. 2. Combine the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a mortar and pestle, and mash to a paste. Add to the food processor along with the lemon juice and cumin, and blend together. Add salt to taste.

  3. 3. Mound the puree in a wide bowl or on a plate. Drizzle a little olive oil over the top, and garnish with pomegranate seeds. Serve with warm pita bread.

Categories

Vegetables, Appetizers, Side Dish, Middle Eastern

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 313.0g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
237
Calories from Fat
100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
11.1g
17%
Saturated Fat
1.6g
8%
Trans Fat
0.0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
71mg
3%
Potassium
1087mg
31%
Total Carbohydrates
35.1g
12%
Dietary Fiber
6.2g
25%
Sugars
0.3g
Protein
5.9g
Vitamin A 21% Vitamin C 59%
Calcium 18% Iron 22%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
A
  Good points
  • No cholesterol
  • Low in sodium
  • Very low in sugar
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in manganese
  • High in magnesium
  • High in phosphorus
  • High in potassium
  • High in thiamin
  • High in vitamin B6
  • Very high in vitamin C
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