Roasted Mushrooms and Kabocha Squash

Courtesy of the Mushroom Council and La Fuji Mama

 

This dish is a perfect addition to a fall meal. Not only is it rich in nutrition, but it’s delicious and adds some beautiful autumn color to the table.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

2 pounds kabocha squash
6 tablespoons olive oil
about 8 ounces fresh Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
about 6 ounces fresh baby bella mushrooms, sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Shichimi togarashi (Japanese 7-spice) or cayenne pepper, to garnish (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Wash the outside of the kabocha, cut it in half, remove the seeds, and cut the flesh into 1/4-inch slices (leaving the rind on).

2. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil into the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish.  Add the slices of squash, then drizzle with the rest of the olive oil.  Carefully turn the slices of squash in the pan to coat them evenly in the oil.  Bake for 25 minutes.

3. Remove from the oven and add the mushrooms, garlic, basil, salt and pepper.  Carefully mix everything together, then spread everything out evenly in the baking dish (so that it will cook evenly).  Add 1 to 2 tablespoons more olive oil if the squash is looking dry already, or if the added ingredients do not appear to have been coated in any residual olive oil.

4. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, until the squash is tender.  Scatter the panko breadcrumbs over the top and bake for another 10 minutes.  Serve warm or even at room temperature, sprinkled with a tiny bit of shichimi togarashi or cayenne pepper.

* Variations: If you cannot find kabocha, you can substitute the same amount of butternut or acorn squash.  If you do this, remove the rind and carefully watch the cooking time, as it will vary slightly.  You can substitute your favorite fresh herbs for the basil.  A bit of sage or rosemary would be especially delicious.  You can mix 1 tablespoon of melted butter with the breadcrumbs before adding them to make more of a crust, or use fresh grated parmesan cheese in place of the breadcrumbs.

 

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