Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. 1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges

  3. 12 baby corn

  4. 1 small or 1/2 large butternut squash, about 600 g (1 lb 5 oz), peeled, quartered lengthways, seeded and cut across into 1 aubergine, halved lengthways and cut across into 2 1/2 cm (1 in) slices

  5. 1 Romano sweet red pepper, seeded and cut into 1 cm ( 1/2 in) pieces

  6. 100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) dry white wine

  7. 500 ml (17 fl oz) hot vegetable stock, preferably home-made light or rich

  8. salt and pepper

  9. Topping

  10. 2 tbsp slivered almonds

  11. 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

  12. finely shredded or coarsely grated zest of 1 lemon

  13. 5 tbsp chopped parsley

  14. Parmesan polenta

  15. 200 g (7 oz) instant polenta

  16. 55 g (2 oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  17. 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Heat the oil in a flameproof casserole. Add the onion wedges and baby corn and fry over a moderate heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF, gas mark 4).

  2. Add the slices of butternut squash to the casserole, toss them in the oil and then stir in the aubergine and sweet red pepper. Cover and leave the vegetables to sweat over a low to moderate heat for 10 minutes, turning them twice, until they are lightly tinged golden brown. Pour in the wine, let it sizzle and then stir in the stock. Bring to the boil and add seasoning to taste. Cover the casserole and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, make the topping. Preheat the grill to high. Spread the slivered almonds on a baking tray and toast under the grill until they are lightly browned. Watch them closely and shake the tray occasionally to ensure the nuts are evenly toasted. Place in a small bowl and mix in the remaining topping ingredients.

  4. To prepare the polenta, bring 1 litre (1 3/4 pints) water to the boil in a large saucepan over a high heat. Gradually whisk in the polenta and continue whisking until the polenta absorbs all the liquid. Reduce the heat to moderate and cook for 5–10 minutes, stirring, until the polenta is thick. Beat in the Parmesan cheese and oregano with seasoning to taste.

  5. To serve, spoon the polenta onto plates or into large individual bowls. Ladle the vegetable casserole on top and sprinkle with the topping.


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