Butternut Pumpkin w. Persian Pistachio Pesto, Feta & Pomegranate

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Butternut Pumpkin w. Persian Pistachio Pesto, Feta & Pomegranate
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For the Butternut Pumpkin
  • 1 large Butternut Pumpkin quartered lengthways (skin-on) and seeds removed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150 g feta
  • 100 g pomegranate seeds
For the pesto
  • 100 g shelled pistachio nuts
  • 70 g parmesan chopped into rough chunks
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 small bunch fresh dill
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 2 tsp Sea salt
Servings
Ingredients
For the Butternut Pumpkin
  • 1 large Butternut Pumpkin quartered lengthways (skin-on) and seeds removed
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 150 g feta
  • 100 g pomegranate seeds
For the pesto
  • 100 g shelled pistachio nuts
  • 70 g parmesan chopped into rough chunks
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 small bunch fresh dill
  • 1 red chilli
  • 1 lemon juice only
  • 2 tsp Sea salt
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. For the Butternut Pumpkin, rub each wedge of butternut Pumpkin with oil and season generously with sea salt and black pepper. Place on the lined baking tray.
  3. Roast the Pumpkin for about 45-50 minutes, just until the edges have begun to brown slightly (you want to blacken the edges a little to give them a nice chewy texture). Check the Pumpkin is cooked by inserting a knife - if it slides in easily the Pumpkin is cooked.
  4. For the pesto, add the pistachios and cheese to a food processor. Pulse to break them into small pieces and add enough olive oil to slacken the mixture to your desired consistency (you may not need all the oil). Add all the herbs, the chilli (if using) and lemon juice. Pulse again to combine the herbs and add a little more olive oil. Season generously with sea salt and give the mixture one last pulse. Taste the pesto, to make sure it has enough salt and acidity, and allow it to rest in the fridge until you need it.
  5. To serve, serve the butternut Pumpkin on plates, drizzled generously with the pesto. Crumble your feta over the top and scatter some pomegranate seeds over to finish.
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Crispy-Skin Chicken Breast W. White Wine Sauce

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Crispy-Skin Chicken Breast W. White Wine Sauce
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Course Main Dish
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  • 4 skin-on chicken breasts
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves medium garlic3 peeled and smashed 3 minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Rosemary crushed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons to 4unsalted butter chilled
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
  • 4 skin-on chicken breasts
  • Sea salt flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 cloves medium garlic3 peeled and smashed 3 minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Rosemary crushed
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons to 4unsalted butter chilled
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Instructions
  1. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. In a large zippered plastic bag, combine the olive oil, whole smashed garlic, oregano, thyme, and rosemary. Add the chicken and rub the marinade all over to coat each breast. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or as long as overnight.
  2. Remove the chicken breasts from the bag, letting the excess marinade drip off. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. Place a large cast-iron or other heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Have ready a second cast-iron or heavy frying pan that fits just inside the first one, as if they’re nestig.
  3. When the first pan is very hot, add the canola oil. When the oil is hot (it should shimmer but not smoke), put the chicken breasts in the pan skin-side down. Cover with a piece of aluminium foil that just covers the breasts. Place the second frying pan on top of the foil covering the chicken breasts.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, without moving the chicken, until the skin is crispy and a deep golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan and foil, turn the chicken halves over, and continue to cook for about 5 minutes longer or until cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a warm platter and let rest for 10 minutes while you make the sauce.
  5. Return the frying pan to the stovetop over medium-high heat. Add the wine and minced garlic and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits. Cook for about 4 minutes. Add the butter in pieces, whisking it into the sauce until the sauce is smooth and silky. Transfer the chicken to warmed serving plates and spoon over the sauce.
  6. Serve with braised carrots and steamed seasonal greens.
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