Roast Pumpkin, barley, pickled radicchio & hazelnuts
Tuesday, 27th November 2018 by Rachel
Roast squash barley radiccio

This recipe was created by Lola DeMille, a Grow Comm member and thoughtful, veg-led chef. Follow her on instagram or find out more about her work on her website

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Heritage pumpkins are the best pumpkins! Tight flesh, deeply coloured and not-too-sweet. With a little sour and spicy nudge, this is a nourishing, comforting and substantial dish. It’s taken a long time to get over the sickly sweet butternut squash risottos of the early ‘00s, this is something very different and a lot less hassle.

 

Ingredients

2kg squash - crown prince, red kuri, delica or similar

175g barley, spelt or farro + aromatics (onion, celery, garlic – whatever you have hanging around)

Small bunch flat leaf parsley

1 lemon

Salad leaves

Toasted pumpkin seeds or hazelnuts

 

For the pickled radicchio

1 small radicchio

75ml red wine vinegar

75ml water

2 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

1 star anise

 

Tahini (I use the creamy Lebanese kind)

 

Method

Chop the pumpkin into 2 inch wedges or chunky pieces, don’t worry about peeling. Tip into a bowl with good drizzle of olive oil, toss and lay out skin side down on parchment, plenty of room between each piece. Put into a hot oven until catching at the edges and just soft.

 

Meanwhile cook the barley with double volume of water and aromatics (1/2 an onion, a chunk of carrot, smashed garlic cloves, parsley stalks, bay, if you have them) for 15 mins or until they still have a pleasing bite. Drain, tip in a bowl or back into the pan, dig out the aromatics (tongs are useful here) and quickly dress with olive oil, salt, plenty of pepper, lemon juice and a fistful of chopped parsley -herbs are an ingredient, not a garnish! Give this a good mix and set aside.

 

To make the tahini dressing, whisk 2 tbsp tahini with 4 tbsp water, a good pinch of salt and a splash of vinegar or squeeze of lemon. It will go lumpy, but keep going until it goes a few shades lighter and shiny.

 

Core the radicchio then pull the head apart with your hands, tearing any larger leaves in half. Bring the rest of the ingredients to the boil and then pour over the radicchio, pushing the leaves down as they wilt. Leave to cool in its liquor.

 

Mix the hot roasted squash through the grains and add any salad leaves and the pickled radicchio. Pile onto a plate and finish with the tahini and pumpkin seeds. Some feta or hard goat cheese would also work here.