One of my favourite things in life is to have people over to my home and feed them. Drop by my place unexpectedly for a quick moment and you will find yourself pushed into staying for tea, scones, fruit skewers or anything else I can pull together from my fridge and cupboards. Give me free reign on a celebration get together like Christmas or a Birthday and I will spend days pouring over cook books, food blogs and magazines with delight as I construct a menu. But potlucks, these are a particularly happy event in my life. Potlucks let us bring together people from the various corners of our lives to sit around a shared table and enjoy the best that each person has to offer. Mixed flavours, family secret recipes, comfort food and fine dinning all have a place at the potluck table, the dishes as versatile as the people who bring them and each as lovely and unique as the next. This recipe was inspired by the Sunday Chicago Family Potlucks that I host for all of the friends who have become my nearest and dearest while in the Windy City.
Let's talk flavours for a moment shall we? Sage and Squash are about as delightful of a pair as you can get in the world of savoury autumn combinations. The robust nature of sage pulls out the smoothy subtleties of butternut squash and brings a smokey, earthy tone to the otherwise sweet and rich gourd. Flash cooking the sage in brown butter makes it crispy, salty and utterly delicious as a topping (but make extra, your guests will want to put it on everything!) and brings a perfect contrast to the creaminess of the squash. I tossed in some leeks and fingerling potatoes from a recent trip to the farmers market and topped the whole thing with sharp aged white cheddar to round it out as a more hearty meal but the squash could be done on its own as a side.
So call up a few friends, crack open a squash and enjoy the richness of good company and good food!
Coconut Cream and Leek Roasted ButterNut Squash with Browned butter Crispy Sage Leaves
People often ask me what my cooking 'style' is and I always struggle to explain it because it is so broad. The best summary is that I will cook anything as long as it is delicious, healthy and wholesome. That means free of chemicals, preservatives, additives, and byproducts. It also means everything in moderation, just because coconut oil is healthy does not mean we should add it to everything! Just because honey is a sugar does not mean we can not have it once in a while! You will not find any dry, bland, cardboard reminiscent food here, healthy can still be crave worthy! There is everything from gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, organic, local, and season recipes here, I hope you find something tempting!