You guys! I’ve been eating so much squash lately, that I’m kind of afraid I might start to turn some bizarre shade of orange.
But as my friend Sherrie said to me earlier in the week “some people pay good money to be that color”. So I guess that is the upside to my dilemma.
I blame my obscene levels of squash consumption on my Mother. Because I asked her to bring me a couple delicata squash from the farm the other day, and she brought me twelve. So I’ve been on a steady diet of squash ever since.
Delicata squash has been a favorite of mine for a while now. It has a mild nutty, sweet flavor. It cooks up relatively quickly (at least compared to some other squashes). And you can eat the skin once it’s been cooked. Which is awesome because I’m lazy and I don’t like to peel things. So there you go.
I’ve used roasted delicata squash “half-moons” as a sandwich topping before, and I wanted to re-visit that idea here. But this time, focusing on a purely vegetarian option. So I slathered warmed sandwich-sized pita breads with fresh guacamole. Then topped them with black beans, pumpkin seeds, roasted squash and a few sprigs of fresh cilantro. Then I proceeded to shove three in my face. They were that good.
These Roasted Delicata Squash Pita Tostadas with Black Beans and Guacamole come together very quickly, which makes them a great choice for lunch or an easy weeknight dinner. Try them out and then come back here and tell me about how much you loved them!
Oh and do you want to know what my secret ingredient is for making the guacamole so incredibly yummy? It’s goat cheese. I simply mix a couple tablespoons of softened goat cheese in with the avocado to give my guacamole a wonderful creamy texture. Here I used a honey-flavored goat cheese from Laura Chenel’s that I’m currently obsessed with. But you could certainly used any plain or herbed goat cheese that you love.
If you wanted to make this recipe gluten free, swap out the pita bread for corn tortillas and have yourself a little Fall taco situation. Sounds delightful to me.
It’s hard to pick a favorite Summer fruit or vegetable. Each week it seems like I have a new obsession.
I started off the season by eating my weight in cherries (and I have the stained cutting board to prove it). Then I quickly moved on to plowing through buckets of blueberries and shucking enough local corn to make my fingers sore. Now I’m all about the heirloom tomatoes. Their jewel tones and sometimes silly, oddball shapes make me smile. And at the moment, their flavor is superior to just about everything else at the farmer’s market.
Heirloom tomatoes are like the prize at the end of the Summer. They’re our reward for sweating through the hazy, hot and humid days of June and July. And I, for one, have my eye on the prize.
This Heirloom Tomato and Hazelnut Galette puts these Summer beauties front and center. Both literally and figuratively. I definitely recommend trying to get your hands on a mix of different varieties, because this will give you the greatest visual impact. But if you can only find a single variety, that’s perfectly fine. Heirloom tomatoes come in a wide range of sizes. I used 3-4 medium sized heirloom tomatoes for this recipe, but you may need more or less depending on their size. You’ll want enough slices to create two layers that loosely overlap each other.
Galettes are suppose to be rustic. It’s normal for them to turn out a little lopsided. And maybe even crack on one side. It’s all part of their charm. And it’s why I love them so much. I’ve never been the best at constructing beautifully crafted baked goods. Freeform is certainly more my style.
There is one unexpected ingredient here: hazelnut butter. I got the idea for idea for combining hazelnuts/hazelnut butter with tomatoes from a salad I had a Saint Dinette. It might sound like an odd combination. But it works really well. You can find hazelnut butter with the other natural nut butters in your grocery store. Be sure to purchase a plain, unsweetened variety (not chocolate flavored!). Or you can easily make your own if you have high powered blender or food processor. And for a third option, you could swap out the hazelnut flour/butter for something of the almond variety.
Recipe for the dough adapted from Smitten Kitchen