Sicilian Sweet and Sour Pumpkin Squash Recipe

Sicilian Sweet and Sour Pumpkin Squash Recipes

Ingredients :

2lb pumpkin or butternut squash

salt and pepper

1.5 cups brown vegetable stock

2 onions, thinly sliced

6 tbsp sugar

2/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

Method :

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the seeds. Place the pumpkin cut side down on a baking sheet. Bake about 45 minutes or until tender but not mush. The pumpkin flesh should be firm enough to cut into 1/2 inch cubes or slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bring 1 cup of the stock to a boil in a saucepan and cook the onions in it, uncovered, over moderate heat until tender. When most of the liquid has evaporated, sprinkle the onions with sugar and cook until the onions begin to caramelize. Add the vinegar and the remaining stock and continue to cook until deep golden brown but not burned. Add water if the mixture seems dry; the onions should end up in a sweet and sour syrup. Toss the pumpkin cubes with the onion mixture and stir well to coat. Sprinkle with coarsely chopped mint.

Note: If you can't find a nice pumpkin, butternut or banana squash will do and can be prepared the same way.

Serves 4

A specialty of Palermo, this dish is known as Fegato ai Sette Cannoli, or "Liver from the Seven Fountains". Sicilians think cooked squash has the meaty texture of liver, though there is no taste comparison. Sette cannoli refers to a seven spouted fountain in the Vucceria market.

Instead of frying the pumpkin squash in the traditional style, bake it, then cut it into cubes. The onions are cooked in a sweet and sour sauce that is then tossed with the cooked pumpkin, and the mixture is topped with fresh mint. This dish keeps for a few days in the refrigerator.

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