Butternut squash hasselbacks with hazelnut crumb

Sat, Oct 12, 2019, 06:00

  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking Time: 40 mins
  • Course: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Fusion


  • 1 butternut squash, halved lengthwise and cored
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1tsp red chilli flakes
  • 2tsp soft brown sugar
  • 50g hazelnuts, chopped
  • 30g panko breadcrumbs
  • Handful flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp butter, fridge temperature


1. Preheat ane oven to 180 degrees Celsus, or equivalent.

2. Place the squash halves skin side up on a chopping board. Carefully cut slices three-quarters of the way through the squash, so it will be sliced horizontally, but remain together.

3. Generously coat each squash half in olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and chilli flakes and brown sugar. Rub the seasoning all over the squash.

4. Place the squash halves on a baking sheet and put them into the oven. Bake for 30 minutes.

5. Meanwhile to make the crumb, combine the hazelnuts, panko and parsley, season well with salt and pepper. Grate the butter into the crumb mixture using a cheese grater. 

6. Remove squash from the oven. Sprinkle the crumb all over both squash halves and return to the oven for a further 10-12 minutes.

7. Remove from the oven and serve.