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Mauritian Pumpkin au Gratin
By Nikolina Ilic | Nov 2, 2021
SERVES 8 – PREP 15 mins – COOK 40 mins
It might seem weird to mix cheese with ginger, but trust me it’s great. It’s a Mauritian thing. You can serve it as a simple meal on its own, but it also works as a starter when pumpkins are in season. Comfort in a bowl.
– 40g butter or ghee, or coconut oil or macadamia oil
– 1 large red onion, finely chopped
– 1 x 2.5 cm piece ginger, crushed, grated or finely chopped
– 2 garlic cloves, crushed
– 1.5–2 kg butternut or kent pumpkin, roughly chopped into smallish chunks
– 1 small handful parsley, finely chopped, plus extra to serve
– 4 thyme sprigs
– 4 spring onions, green part only, roughly chopped
– ½ tsp salt or to taste
– 1 cup (250ml) chicken or vegetable stock or filtered water
– 2 cups (200g) grated cheese or 1 cup (60g) nutritional yeast
1. Heat the butter or ghee in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Fry the onion for 6–7 mins, until well softened and golden. Add the ginger, garlic, pumpkin, parsley, thyme, spring onion, salt and stock.
2. Reduce the heat to medium–low and cook, covered, for 15–25 mins, stirring every 5–8 mins, until the pumpkin is well cooked. The last time you stir, leave the lid off until most of the liquid evaporates.
3. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
4. Remove the pumpkin from the heat and mash it roughly into a very chunky mash rather than a purée. Transfer to
a 20 x 30 cm enamel, glass or ceramic baking dish and scatter grated cheese over the top.
5. Bake until golden brown, garnish with extra parsley.
Tip: This dish is honour of Rodale Farm, the birthplace of the term ‘regenerative agriculture’ – a farming practice that’s touted as a way to fight the climate crisis. Find great local producers by visiting openfoodnetwork.org.au. The recipe was originally published by Alexx Stuart, founder of the Low Tox Life movement, are all about creating a healthier you and environment.
Nikolina is the web-obsessed Digital Editor at Men's and Women's Health, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she spends most of the time in the gym or with her husband and daughter. She was previously a Digital Editor at GQ and Vogue magazine.
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