This is another recipe from Jerusalem by Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi. It fits well with my lifestyle in summer; food that can be put in the oven, and then served hot or cold, straight away or for the next meal, part of a large meal or just as a light lunch.
- 1 Large butternut squash.
- 3 red onions
- 50ml olive oil
- 3 tbsp light tahini paste (available locally!)
- 1.5 tbsp lemon or lime juice
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 30g pine nuts
- 1 tbsp za’atar (from Seasoned pioneers)
- 1 tbsp chopped parsley
- salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 240C gas mark 9
- Cut the onions and butternut squash into wedges. I peeled and cut each onion into 6-8 wedges. I cut the squash into 3 equal bits across the way, and then cut each bit into 6-8 wedges, measuring around 2cm by 6cm. Remove the seeds.
- Put the squash and onions in a large bowl, and add 3 tbsp of olive oil, stir to coat, and then add 1 tsp salt, black pepper and mix well.
- Spread the onions and squash onto a baking tray, and turn the squash skin-side down.
- Roast in the hot oven for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, use a small bowl and a fork to mix the tahini with the lemon juice, 2 tbsp water, crushed garlic, and 1/4 tsp salt. The mixture should be runny, like honey.
- Pour a little olive oil into a pan, and toast the pine nuts over a medium heat with a pinch of salt. Stir, keeping a close eye, until the pine nuts are toasty brown. Transfer to a small bowl.
- Put the roast vegetables onto a serving platter, drizzle over with the tahini dressing, sprinkle over with the toasted pine-nuts in oil, and then sprinkle over the za’atar and chopped parsley.
I enjoyed this better when cooled down to a warm dish, rather than hot. Also good cold the next day.