Butternut pumpkin, smoked ricotta, pepitas

Butternut pumpkin, smoked ricotta, pepitas

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Finding Fire
Serves
4

When buried, pumpkins hold their own deep in the ashes. The buttery and sweet slow-roasted butternut pairs well with the creamy smoked ricotta. Even the pumpkin vines are incorporated, and the toasted pepitas provide a good crunch while the toasted cereal flakes offer a worthy earthy note.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 small butternut pumpkins (squash)
110ml extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt
1 bunch pumpkin vines with young leaves (optional)
1/2 head radicchio, leaves separated and torn
20ml aged sherry vinegar
250g Smoked ricotta
30g pepitas (pumpkin seeds), toasted
30g rolled oats, toasted
20ml pumpkin seed oil

Method

  1. 1. Prepare your embers or wood-fired oven.
  2. 2. Bury the pumpkins directly in the hot ashes surrounding the fire. Leave to cook for 50–60 minutes until a skewer passes effortlessly through the flesh. Remove from the ashes. Place more wood on the fire to produce embers for grilling.
  3. 3. Halve the pumpkins crossways and remove the seeds.
  4. 4. Heat a cast-iron pan over the fire or in a wood-fired oven at 200°C (390°F). Add 50 ml (13/4 floz) of the olive oil, then carefully place the pumpkin, cut side down, in the pan. Roast for 10 minutes until the sugars have caramelised, turning a rich golden brown. Turn, season and continue roasting for another 5 minutes.
  5. 5. If using, prepare the pumpkin vines by separating the tender side shoots from the fibrous main vine. Grill the pumpkin vines for 1 minute, transfer to a bowl, combine with the torn radicchio leaves and dress with sherry vinegar and the remaining olive oil.
  6. 6. Fill each butternut pumpkin half with the smoked ricotta, and top with the pumpkin vines and radicchio. Scatter with toasted pumpkin seeds and rolled oats and drizzle with pumpkin seed oil. Serve immediately.
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