Thursday, April 3, 2014

Roasted Acorn Squash with Tomato Sauce, Sauteed Arugula, Sunny Side Up Egg and Crispy Prosciutto

This picture sucks. Blogging and baby raising don't mix. The egg had set by the time I snapped the picture (from the heat of the sautéed arugula underneath) so the whole 'sunny side up' thing was debatable. Also you can't even see the acorn squash hiding under there but no matter.

You'll just have to trust me that this was insanely good. Like some of the best recipes it's more of a suggestion than gospel. You could skip the arugula, swap it for spinach or add goat cheese as I would if my baby wasn't so anti dairy.

But here's what I love about a dietary restriction (and there ain't much…honestly if you knew how much I love cheese you'd be wondering if this was really me talking.) It forces you to try things you ordinarily wouldn't and in the best case scenario you discover something you'll make again and again.

For example would I normally think to roast an acorn squash and top it with this random combo that reads like an edible version of the island of misfit toys? No. But I'm glad I did because it's now one of my favorite meals ever. It's got it all (cue Steffan from SNL!) The acorn squash is sweet and satisfyingly toothsome with its crispy skinned shell to hold everything together. The tomato sauce is rich and earthy and a beautiful thing when topped with peppery sautéed arugula. Then there's the fried egg which needs no further explanation. Top it all off with crispy prosciutto for a little crunch and some flat leaf parsley and I dare you to think of a more satisfying meal that also happens to fit snuggly in the Paleo/gluten free/SCD diet category.

Last thing - while assembling this meal takes 10 minutes total (the eggs and arugula and prosciutto fry up in the same pan) you do need to bake the squash ahead of time as it takes over an hour. Good news is you can do this ahead of time - even a day ahead if you wanted to - refrigerate and just reheat in a low oven while you prep the rest for 20 minutes or so or even microwave it. Easy peasy.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Tomato Sauce, Sauteed Arugula, Sunny Side Up Egg and Crispy Prosciutto
Serves 2

1 acorn squash, split in half with seeds scraped clean
olive oil
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes
1/2 cup tomato sauce (or more if you like a lot of sauce as I do)
2-4 eggs depending on appetite
2 cups baby arugula, packed
4 slices prosciutto
4 sprigs flat leaf parsley for garnish

Lay acorn halves cut side up onto a parchment or foil lined baking sheet. Lightly rub the flesh with a teaspoon each of olive oil (or more) to coat then season with salt and pepper.

Roast in a 375 oven for one hour and thirty minutes (may be a little more or less depending on size of squash) until the tops are golden and the skin has shriveled and begun to crisp. The flesh should pierce easily with a sharp knife.

Set aside while you get on with the rest.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium heat for two minutes. Add a slug of olive oil and let heat through another 60 seconds then crack the eggs in (2 at a time if making 2 servings/4 eggs or otherwise 2 will fit comfortably along with the rest of the ingredients.) Season with salt and pepper and fry for 3-4 minutes until the whites have begun to cook but the yolks are still runny. Pour the arugula in the spare room around the eggs, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook for 60 seconds stirring with a spatula to help them wilt. At this point if the tops of the whites are still liquidy put a cover over for 60 seconds to help them firm up being careful not to overcook the yolks (this dish is all about their runniness.)

Meanwhile heat up the tomato sauce in a small microwave safe bowl for 60 or until warm. Divide it between the acorn halves then top with the sautéed arugula. Top with the fried eggs and a pinch of red pepper flakes if desired.

Last step is to add the prosciutto slices to the same skillet and crank the heat up a little. They will pan fry to your desired texture in no time. I like it crispy which takes about 2 minutes. Remove and divide over the eggs.

Garnish with flat leaf parsley and dig in (feel free to add more tomato sauce over the top if desired also.)

1 comment:

Lydia said...

I was still drooling over your photo. Put a sunny side egg on anything and I'm in!