Spiced Winter Squash Puree With Roasted Garlic
2½ pounds winter squash, such as kabocha or butternut
½ teaspoon olive oil
1 head garlic
1 tablespoon unsalted butter or 2 tablespoons heavy cream
¾ teaspoon salt
1 to 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
For Tunisian Spice Mix (optional):
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin seed
¼ teaspoon ground caraway seed
Combine the spices in a small bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the squash in half, and scoop
out the seeds. Brush lightly with olive oil, and place cut-side-down
on a heavy baking sheet. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water onto the
pan. Pull the loose, papery skin off the garlic, keeping the head
intact, and wrap it in a sheet of foil. Place the baking sheet and
the foil packet in the oven and bake 40 to 50 minutes, until the
squash is puree tender and the garlic gives when the package is
pressed. Set aside until cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes.
With a spoon, scoop the flesh out of the squash into the bowl of a
food processor. Separate the garlic cloves and squeeze the soft pulp
into the work bowl. Process the mixture to a fine puree, then add
the butter or cream and salt to taste.
Make the Tunisian Spice Mix, if desired, by mixing ingredients in a
small bowl. Add half the spice mix to the puree, then taste, adding
more spice if desired and fresh lemon juice to lift the flavors.
Adjust the seasoning.
Makes 4 servings, about 2 cups.