yields 6 servings
½ cup pecan halves
6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds kabocha squash
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1 2/3 pound slab good quality bacon
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
8 ounces young dandelion greens, cleaned
¼ cup sliced shallots
¼ pound Roncal, Manchego or pecorino cheese.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread pecans on baking sheet and toast about 10 minutes, stirring once or twice, until fragrant. Toss with 1 teaspoon oil and a pinch of salt. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place squash, cut side down, on cutting board, and peel with knife. Slice lengthwise into ¾ inch wedges. Turn up oven to 425 degrees. Toss squash with ¼ cup oil, 2 teaspoons salt, some pepper and thyme. Roast, flat on baking sheet, about 30 minutes, until tender. Meanwhile, cut bacon crosswise into 3/8 inch slices and then into even-sided rectangles. Whisk together vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Place greens, torn up if too large, in large salad bowl. Heat large pan over high heat for 1 minute. Add bacon, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes, until just beginning to brown. Lower heat to medium, add shallots and toss to combine. Remove from heat, swirl in vinaigrette and add to greens with squash. Season with ¼ teaspoon salt and pinch of pepper, and toss gently. Taste for seasoning. Arrange half the salad on platter. Shave some cheese over salad, sprinkle on half the nuts, top with remaining salad, more cheese shavings and rest of the nuts.
courtesy of: Sunday Suppers at Lucques: Seasonal Recipes from Market to Table by Suzanne Goin and Teri Gelber. Knopf, 2005 | The New York Times,, November 9, 2005