This dish is so yummy with a little kick. Perfect for Christmas dining as you can make as much as you need. I do love 1 pot meals.
Makes about 4 large portions or 8 smaller side portions.
1 x Butternut Squash – cubed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp chilli flakes
100g cooked chestnuts, quartered
½ small pack sage leaves, chopped (or 1 tsp dried)
8 slices of pancetta – chopped
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
150g basmati & wild rice mix
300ml veg stock
Parmesan to serve
Heat oven to 200 deg.
Toss the squash with 1⁄2 tbsp of oil, chilli flakes and some seasoning on a large roasting tray. Roast for 15 mins, then add the shallots, garlic, chestnuts and nestle the sage and pancetta around the squash so that they touch the baking sheet.
Return to the oven for 10-15 mins until the pancetta and sage are crisp. Remove from the oven and set aside.
In the Steam pot place the Rice with the 300ml stock and steam for 20 mins on rice setting. Or you can use a pan on the hob, bring to boil the stock , add rice, cover, reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
Remove steam pot and add the ingredients to rice and mix through to warm through.
I believe Creamed corn pancakes originally came from Australia, a popular brunch food on the menu, however, I think they call them fritters! I decided to give them a go, the weather is getting colder and I crave warmer filling food, so this is ideal either as a breakfast, brunch or lunch.
This recipe made 6 large pancakes:-
For the pancakes:-
1 tsp baking powder
100ml full fat milk (or you could use buttermilk)
1 can creamed corn
1 handful of fresh sweetcorn
handful of parsley
Salt & pepper
Whisk together milk, egg, creamed corn, sweetcorn, salt & pepper
Mix flour and baking powder together and add to the above mixture, throw in the parsley stirring through
Heat a large pan with 1 tbsp oil and then spoon into pan making a pancake shape (I love this bit, you always know when it’s homemade when it’s a weird shape and 2 are never the same….lol!)
Cook through for about 5-7 mins each side or until browned and cooked through (medium heat)
Meanwhile for the Salsa:-
Handful of cherry tomatoes – halved
1 onion – chopped finely
1 clove Garlic
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp tomato paste
Salt & pepper
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan – high heat, add the onion and the pancetta, cook until onion is softened down
Add in the cherry tomatoes, garlic, salt & pepper and sugar, mix through, cook for about 5-7 mins. Any liquid should thicken.
I served mine with some mashed avocado also. Yummy!