I’m sure you’ve rushed around the grocery store thinking you’ve purchased the necessary ingredients to throw together a “quick” weeknight meal. Right? I thought that was the case for me… When I started to prepare this dish, I realized that I had ground pork instead of pork sausage and butternut instead of kabocha squash. I’m blaming holiday stress and distraction. (Well, truth be told, the squash was a conscious substitution- no fabulous kabocha to be found.)
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appetit, contributed by Chris Morocco. I doubled the recipe, used ground pork instead of pork sausage (oops!), seasoned accordingly, butternut instead of kabocha squash, and cashews instead of peanuts. I also omitted the sugar. I roasted the squash instead of steaming and sautéing it. We let the dish stand alone, but it would also be wonderful accompanied by rice. Delicious!
Yield: 4 Servings
- 1 medium butternut or kabocha squash, cut into 1-inch pieces, approximately 4 cups
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 pound (80 percent lean) ground pork
- 1 tsp coarse salt, plus more for squash
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more for squash
- dash or two of red pepper flakes, to taste
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 6 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- 2 serrano chiles, seeded and sliced
- 1 T finely grated peeled ginger root
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 1 large lime)
- 4 tsp fish sauce
- 4 scallions, thinly sliced
- salted, roasted peanuts or cashews and chopped cilantro, for serving, as desired
- Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- Toss squash with 1 T olive oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Place squash on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet. Add pork, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano, thyme, and paprika; cook, breaking into large pieces and stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic, shallot, chiles, and ginger and cook, stirring often, just until softened, about 2 minutes.
- Add roasted squash, lime juice, fish sauce, and scallions; toss to combine.
- Serve stir-fry topped with nuts and cilantro, as desired.
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