Honey & Szechuan Pumpkin Salad

Preparation time:
20 mins
Cooking time:
50 mins
Serves:
8
A new twist on an old Christmas festive favourite, spice up your pumpkin dish!

Ingredients

Cooking oil spray
1.5kg piece jap pumpkin
1 tblsp honey
2 tsps soy sauce
½ cup olive oil
2 tsps Szechuan peppercorns, crushed
Sea salt, to taste
2 medium red chillies, diagonally sliced
4 spring onions, diagonally sliced
½ cup crumbled Greek feta cheese
¼ cup pepitas, lightly toasted

Method

1 Lightly spray two large, non-stick roasting pans with cooking oil.

2 Wash pumpkin skin and pat dry. Remove seeds and membrane. Cut flesh into 12 wedges. Divide pumpkin between roasting pans. Combine honey, soy and half the oil in a small jug. Pour over both batches of pumpkin. Sprinkle over peppercorns. Season to taste with sea salt. Turn to coat.

3 Cook both pans in a moderate oven (180C) for 30 minutes, swapping oven racks halfway through. Carefully turn pumpkin over. Cook for further 20 minutes, or until golden and tender.

4 Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Add chillies and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes, or until the onions are lightly golden. Drain on absorbent kitchen paper. Cool.

5 Arrange the warm pumpkin slices on a large serving platter. Sprinkle with Greek feta, chilli mixture and pepitas.

Notes

Butternut pumpkin can also be used in this recipe. Leftover pumpkin is delicious tossed through any salad.

Source:
New Idea
Author:
Stylist:
Carolyn Fienberg
Photographer:
Oliver Ford & Andre Martin
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