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Thanksgiving recipes – a bit on the side, the African way

Thanksgiving recipes…. it’s time for a side dish

American roasted squash with crispy maple pumpkin seeds…

The use of maple syrup in this recipe turns the simple squash into a delicious accompaniment for your Thanksgiving turkey dinner

2 squash halved with seeds removed
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs pure maple syrup
3/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
175 ml pumpkin seeds lightly toasted
pinch cayenne pepper

what to do next…

  • place squash cut sides down on greased baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven 400F (200C) for 45 to 60 minutes
  • allow to cool and scoop out the flesh
  • take a large bowl and mash the squash until smooth
  • stir in 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp syrup, 1/2 tsp salt and black pepper
  • spread the mix in large, shallow baking dish
  • stir together pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp oil, 1 tbsp syrup, remaining 1/4 tsp salt and cayenne and sprinkle over the squash
  • Turn up the oven temperature to 425F (220C) and cook for around 20 mins or until golden Serves 12 as a side dish

Serves 12 as a side dish for thanksgiving.


African Roast Pumpkin slices…

10 slices pumpkin peel left on, cut about 1/2 inch thick
2 teaspoons butter, heaped, per slice
2 teaspoons brown sugar, per slice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon per slice (or more)

what to do next…

  • Pre-heat the oven to 160 deg C.
  • wash the pumpkin. Slice and remove seeds
  • arrange the slices in an oven dish, overlapping slightly
  • rub butter over the slices (2 teaspoons per slice)
  • sprinkle over brown sugar
  • sprinkle with cinnamon then salt
  • bake for 45 mins. until the pumpkin peel is soft and sugar melted

Serves 4

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