Squash, Apple and Smoked St Gluvias ‘Burgers’

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Anyone who uses Facebook is likely to be some kind of bore. You might be a baby bore, a triathlon bore or a ‘where I ate lunch today’ bore. Some people manage to combine all three. I have become a vegetable bore, forever parading my allotment produce. As social media bragging goes it feels fairly harmless; it seems unlikely that my rainbow chard is going to send anyone into a fit of envy, self-loathing and inferiority. Last week, I was especially pleased to parade these beauties; I never dreamed I’d be able to successfully grow butternut squash but in truth they pretty much grew themselves this summer.

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With autumn now upon us, my smoked cheese fetish rears its head once more. Last week’s St Gluvias seemed like a perfect accompaniment for squash and so when I saw a recipe for veggie burgers in The Times, I tinkered around with it, including the addition of apple (they were also ridiculously stingy to think that their quantities would feed four human beings, or perhaps I’m just greedy). I served mine with home-made Gigantes Plaki (and you thought they were baked beans, hey?) But I have to say that they would have been more at home sandwiched in a burger bun with some salad (it probably would have made for a nicer photo too…)

Ingredients

200g butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and cut into chunks

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

6-7 sage leaves, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

1 tbsp. olive oil

100g smoked cheese, grated

50g breadcrumbs

1 eating apple, grated

Tabasco, salt and pepper to taste

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Combine the squash, garlic , sage, salt and pepper with the olive oil and roast in a baking tray until the squash is soft, about half an hour.

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Leave the squash to cool and then mash it up in a bowl with the cheese, breadcrumbs and grated apple and season to taste. Divide the mixture into four and form each one into a rough pattie.

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Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200/180 fan-assisted/Gas Mark 6 for 20 minutes. Remove them to the grill and give them a couple of minutes on each side to crisp them up and give them some colour. Serve hot.

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8 Comments

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8 responses to “Squash, Apple and Smoked St Gluvias ‘Burgers’

  1. Oh I say, they look good! Might even get Him Outdoors to eat squash if I dished those up. Mine have been a dismal failure this year … grew them on the compost heap because I thought they’d like the warmth and sustenance but I think it’s too dark and shady. Am I boring you yet? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. Ooh, I’m going to make this …… soon.

  3. Anything at all with lovely smoked cheese is a heavenly thing

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