One of the things I loved at Polpo in Soho was the Roasted Pumpkin dish. So much so, that I decided to try and make it at home.
I hesitate to call this a recipe because it was so easy, so just pretend I laboured for hours over it.
- 1 small pumpkin
- Vegetable oil
- Brown sugar
- Kosher sea salt
- Ground pepper
- 1 small shallot
- 1 small clove of garlic
- A hard mature cheese (I used Manchego, which was a bit too mild. I think it would have been better with Parmesan or Pecorino)
- A few slices of prosciutto
- Some greens
Assembly is super easy.
First, peel and gut the pumpkin and cut into small wedges about a 1/2 inch thick. Place in a greased roasting pan with sliced shallot and diced garlic and toss everything in a mixture (to taste) of salt, pepper, sugar and cinnamon.
Roast at 250C for about 10 minutes, turn over sprinkle a pinch of brown sugar over and roast at 175C for about 20 minutes. Repeat that process, and roast for an additional 10 minutes. While it shouldn’t be mushy, you should be able to cut through the pumpkin easily when it’s done.
Plate the pumpkin first and top with about 3 or 4 slices of room-temperature prosciutto. Top with greens and shaves of your preferred cheese. A bit of cracked pepper on top, and you’re all set.
It’s seriously good eats, I have a lot of leftovers and I think the whole thing cost me about £6.