Hot-smoked butternut squash with ricotta and grape jam

Hot-smoked butternut squash with ricotta and grape jam

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Grill Smoke BBQ
Serves
4
Photographer
Kris Kirkham

An unusual but stunning recipe, courtesy of Jacques and Michelle Fourie at Ember Yard. At the restaurant, we bake the squash, then cold-smoke it and finish it over the grill. For home cooking, the hot-smoking process followed by a quick grilling works beautifully. The sweet-sour grape jam and creamy ricotta complement and cool the smokiness.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 medium butternut squash
500g seedless black grapes
125g dark brown sugar
125ml red wine
125ml red wine vinegar
60g ricotta
1 teaspoon oregano leaves, to serve
sea salt
black pepper

Method

  1. Light the barbecue and set for direct/indirect cooking. Place the wood to the side of the charcoal to start smoking.
  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and then score the flesh in a criss-cross pattern with a sharp knife, being careful not to cut right though. Season with salt and pepper and place on the grill in the indirect heat zone. Close the lid and the vent and cook for about 1½ hours (the temperature inside the barbecue should be 180°C), throwing a handful of oak chips onto the charcoal halfway through the cooking time.
  3. When the squash is nearly done, put the grapes, sugar, wine and vinegar into a small saucepan. Open the lid of the barbecue, place the pan in the direct heat zone and bring to the boil, then move into the indirect heat zone and simmer for 20 minutes until the grapes have a jammy, syrupy consistency.
  4. The squash is ready when it’s nice and tender – the tip of a small knife should go in easily. Cut the squash halves in half lengthwise again, then serve with the ricotta, some grape jam and a sprinkling of oregano leaves.

Serve with

  • Scallops in their shells with wild mushrooms and horseradish gremolata; Grilled baby artichokes with pine nut purée and poached eggs; Marinated and grilled bavette with smoky salad onions.

Note

  • You'll also need a lump of oak hardwood and some oak wood chips.
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Ember Yard
Salt Yard
Dehesa
Opera Tavern
Soho restaurants
Italian
French
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