Butternut hash brown

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Roasted butternut

My wife loves butternut. Especially the babyĀ ones as it gives more flavour.Ā When you roast butternut in the oven it caramelizes. First you rinse it off, slice them in half, take the pips in the bulb out. Brush it with olive oil. Add nutmeg and cinnamon to it and roast them in a 170C oven for approx. 25 minutes. Also delicious when you make a barbecue to cut them in half, add a blob of butter with some minced garlic, season to taste, wrap them in tin foil as a lovely sideĀ dish next to your meat.

ButternutĀ Hash Brown

I like this recipe because it takes ingredients that are in abundance in autumnĀ and winter and you can either eat it as a side dish for Sunday roasts or for breakfast with Butifarra, sage and eggs.

Serves 3ā€“5

1.5ā€“2 poundĀ butternut, peeled and diced
Ā½ onion, finelyĀ chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Butifarra (Catalan sausage) orĀ pork breakfast sausage
fresh sage to taste, finely chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
5 eggs

  1. Place a cast iron skillet or pan over medium heat. Add olive oil.
  2. Lightly brown the sausage and set sausage on the side.
  3. Add butternutĀ and onion to the pan. Stir occasionally.
  4. After cooking the butternutĀ for 3ā€“4 minutes add garlic.
  5. When butternutĀ is soft, (after another 5 minutes or so) return the sausage and salt, pepper and sage to the pan.
  6. Create 5 little divisions where the egg fits in.
  7. PourĀ the eggs carefully to hold the white together.
  8. Cover the pan with a lid and let cook until eggs are over easy (or to preference), about 3-4 minutes.

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TIP: Buy the butternut with a longer neck as there are no pips in the neck

MUSIC: Autumn leaves by Eric Clapton

Romance of this recipe: When my wifeĀ lived at Mbona in the Kar Kloof in Kwazulu Natal, the Zulu’s used to dry the whole calabash (butternut) in the sun. After 3-4 weeks the inside was dried out and they used to cut the top off, fill it with water and put a cork on the top. When they were thirsty the cool water could be drunk.


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