October 6, 2023Warm Butternut Squash Planks with Ricotta, Apricots & Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds Posted By : Brichardson58/ 0 comments / Under : Oct 2023 Warm Butternut Squash Planks with Ricotta, Apricots & Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds Pairs perfectly with our 2021 Convergence Chardonnay To highlight the warm spice and vanilla notes in our 2021 Convergence Chardonnay, Chef Charlie has paired this with a delightful roasted butternut squash salad. To further highlight to toasted, rich character of this mouthwatering Chardonnay, pumpkin seeds that are lightly caramelized are added for a wonderful crunch. To celebrate the delicate aromas and complexity of this wine, dollops of herbed ricotta and freshly sliced apricots are layered to further enhance the notes of stone fruit found in the Convergence Chardonnay. Ingredients Butternut Squash – 1 Fresh Apricots – 4 Ricotta Cheese – 1 cup Pumpkin Seeds – 1 cup Brown Sugar – 1/8 cup Lemon – 1 Chives – 1 bunch Parsley – 1 bunch Oil for Roasting & Garnish Salt & Pepper to Taste Directions Herbed RicottaMince 1 bunch of chive & 1 bunch of parsley, set aside. Zest the peel of 1 medium sized lemon. Combine 1 cup of Ricotta with the lemon zest, and minced herbs. Add a pinch of salt & pepper to taste. Cover and allow to rest in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, but up to 48 hours to allow the flavors to marry. Roasting the Butternut SquashPreheat your oven to 450 FMay be done at a lower temperature if your oven does not go this high, simply add baking time to achieve doneness Remove skin from Butternut squash with a peeler. Slice whole squash in half lengthwise, remove seeds with a large spoon, then slice into thin planks, (about ½ an inch thick). Drizzle with oil (we use a neutral seed based oil, but any high smoke point oil will work). Season with a pinch of salt & pepper. Place the seasoned planks onto a lined baking sheet in an even layer, with space between each plank to encourage even at browning. Roast for 20 minutes, or until tender and color is well developed. Remove and hold at room temperature until lukewarm. Caramelized Pumpkin SeedsIn a large skillet, combine 1/8 cup brown sugar with 1 cup of pumpkin seeds. Cook over medium heat, while continuously stirring until sugar has melted and coats the seeds. Continue cooking until the sugar begins to caramelize, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the pan from heat and spread the caramelized seeds onto an oiled sheet pan or wax paper to cool. AssemblyStack the planks of Butternut Squash on 4 individual plates, add dallops of the herbed ricotta and drape with fresh apricot slices. Sprinkle the plate with caramelized pumpkin seeds. If desired, use good quality olive oil to drizzle around the plate for a beautiful visual effect. Enjoy with a glass of chilled Convergence Chardonnay.