Sunday, November 07, 2010


I couldn't resist cooking this on my cedar wood baking plank to give just a hint of smokiness to the squash.

A small whole baby squash is a meal in itself and all you need for accompaniments are some sun-dried tomato bread and a spicy tomato sauce.

Serves: 4

You will need: 4 small squash about 350g each, 200g mixed wild and basmati rice, 60ml chilli and garlic oil, 150g grated Gruyere cheese.

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Pierce the squash in several places with the tip of a knife. Place the squash on a baking tray or oven plank and bake for 30 minutes or until the squash are tender. Leave to one side until cool enough to handle.
2. Cook the rice in salted, boiling water for 12 minutes or until tender, drain. Slice a lid off the top of each squash and scoop out and discard the seeds, also scoop out and chop the flesh.
3. Heat the chilli and garlic oil in a frying pan and cook the chopped squash for 5 minutes. ( Or, if using, transfer to the oven baking plank for extra smokiness and cook in the oven for a few minutes).
4. Reserve 4 tablespoons of the cheese and add the remainder to the pan along with the cooked rice, season. Mix well.
5. Pile the mixture into the squash shells and place in an ovenproof dish (or return to the oven baking plank). Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 20 minutes.


Lucie said...

These look wonderful - almost too pretty to eat :)

Choclette said...

These squash look so delicious - I love the colour. Also like your new raspberry header. Just trying to get my head around your name change - I'm easily confused.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Squashes really are wonderful things, aren't they? Minimum fuss and hassle for super-tasty results! The original fast food? ;)

Jan said...

Love the baking plank Maggie!
The stuffed baby squash look really good.

Kath said...

Ooh these look good. I really adore the sweet nuttiness of the baby squash and stuffed like this and cooked on cedar wood really sounds delicious. I agree with Choclette about the new design, it looks great.

Hazel said...

These look absolutely perfect! Very autumnal :)

Maggie said...

Choclette - no name change. The header was being set up and tried out just as you left your comment, which may have confused you.
Kath - thank you.

The Caked Crusader said...

Oh this is pretty - love the presentation!

lynn said...

Funnily enough I've got 4 sitting on my kitchen windowsill and I was wondering what to do with them. Thanks for the idea.

Lin, pain d'├ępices et chocolat said...

That looks really yummy!! Another recipe for me to try! Thanks for the idea!
I love the expression you used "Christmas Winter Wonderland", it is so beautiful,, a dream in itself... we don't have words like that in French!
English is a beautiful language!

Sophie said...

A delightful meal, Margaret!! Looks so festive too!

What's not to love here? Looks fab!

Heavenly Housewife said...

That is the cutest thing, and I'll bet its totally delicious too!
*kisses* HH