Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Roasted Butternut, Puy Lentil and Goats' Cheese Salad
A lovely treatment for butternut squash, with the earthiness of the lentils and the tanginess of soft, fresh goat's (or should that be goats' - where does the apostrophe go? ) cheese to contrast with the sweetness of the squash. Simply roast chunks of butternut, tossed in olive oil, garlic and seasoning, for 40 minutes until soft and lightly caramelised. You can either cook the Puy lentils from scratch, or open a pouch of Merchant Gourmet's excellent ready-coooked ones. Make a nice lemony vinaigrette and add some mustard and lots of chopped parsley to it. Now toss the cooked squash and lentils in the dressing, adjust the seasoning and pile onto lettuce, watercress or rocket leaves - whatever you have. Now crumble over a small round of fresh, creamy goat's/s' cheese, scrunch over lots of black pepper and tuck in. PS. News from hubby, and he's right of course - if you can guarantee the cheese was made from the milk from a single goat, then it would be goat's cheese, but as it is likely to be made from the milk of many goats, then it is goats' cheese. See, you get a lesson in grammar as well as cooking.