Swirls of roasted butternut squash mash topped with crunchy sweet-savory rosemary pecans. An easy and incredibly delicious side dish for holidays or any autumn-winter dinner.
Preheat oven to 200C/400F.
Halve the squash, rub the cut side with a little oil and lay on a foil-lined baking tay, nestling the garlic clove inside. No need to remove the seeds at this point. Roast the squash for 50 minutes, or until the squash is soft to the touch. Set aside.
While the squash is roasting, prepare the infused butter and crunchy rosemary-pecan topping
Over a low heat melt 30 grams of the butter in a small saucepan with the rosemary sprig. Turn off the heat and leave the rosemary in the butter. Either store the rosemary butter as is, or remove the sprig to use the butter now.
For the topping, add the remaining butter to a medium-hot pan, along with the brown sugar, chopped rosemary, a pinch of salt and cayenne pepper. Heat until the pecans are gently toasted and the sugar is melted - about 3-4 minutes. Leave to cool and store, or use to finish the dish.
When the squash has cooled a bit, take a spoon and scoop out the seeds - discarding the seeds or repurposing for another recipe. Remove the garlic and pop it out of the skin. Now scoop out the flesh and add to a mixing bowl, with the garlic. Use electric beaters to whip the squash to a smooth fluffy puree. Or use a potato masher. Whip in the rosemary butter and miso paste, if using. Decant into a serving bowl.
Check the seasoning of the squash mash and adjust as needed. Rough up the surface if you like then sprinkle over the rosemary-pecan topping. Serve warm
This recipe is easy to make ahead. Please see notes above the recipe for how to.
This recipe is easily doubled or even tripled.