I’ve been so swamped my little blog has taken a backseat lately… but have no fear, I’ve been cooking up a storm and have some goodies in store for you. I mean I’ve been so busy as of late that it’s almost a full two weeks into October and I only just recently had my first pumpkin spice latte of the season. #treason
As October days fly by and it gets chillier and chillier out, I think I’m finally realizing I’ve got to break out my boots and sweaters and even take out my window AC unit. (Applications for strong men to help do so are more than welcome). And I need to start embracing the new fall menu of root vegetables and hearty soups!
One of my favorite ingredients to use this time of year is butternut squash and I’ve been hanging onto this recipe for a while now. It’s the perfect accompaniment to chilly nights as the days get shorter and winter approaches.
Obligatory Game of Thrones “Winter is Coming” Reference
And so I bring you: Roasted Butternut Squash with Chicken Sausage, Harissa Creme Fraiche and Feta.
While it’s a perfect fall dishes with hearty flavors, I also liked the North African/Arab influence with the use of harissa and feta. Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili sauce commonly made with red roasted peppers, serrano peppers, garlic, coriander, red chili and caraway among other ingredients. This spice condiment can be used in a myriad of ways accompanying everything from chicken to shrimp and I would love to cook with it more.
This dish has the perfect marriage of flavors. The butternut squash, roasted with salt, pepper, and a little nutmeg, is sweet contrasting with the heat and tartness from the harissa creme fraiche. The feta gives a creaminess while the chicken sausage is hearty and rich. (Italian pork sausage would also work here, but in keeping with the North Africa flair I decided to go with chicken).
I was pleasantly surprised how delicious it was. This dish will definitely be added to my menu of fall weeknight meals. I also paired it with couscous for lunch the next day… which was amazing! I definitely recommend it!