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Halloween finger food

27 Sep

The countdown to Halloween continues.

Rather than gross-out grub, we opt for food that honours the season.

New York Times

These winter rolls are very autumn (butternut squash) and very Halloween (pumpkin seeds + ruby red dipping sauce!). They would be perfect finger food for a Halloween movie marathon with friends.

Roasting the squash is wonderful, but we’ve also poached cubed butternut in a combination of chicken broth and apple juice. A different flavour, but very good.

We’ve seen another creative variation of this using grated blanched beets and sweet potato dressed with olive oil, cilantro, cumin and orange zest that looked very festive.

January 24, 2007
Adapted from Isa Chandra Moskowitz

You can serve these with a cranberry/lime juice/sriracha dipping sauce also, recipe at bottom.

Time: 45 minutes
1 pound butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces vermicelli rice noodles or rice sticks
12 8-inch round rice paper wrappers
1/3 cup roasted salted pumpkin seeds, pistachios or peanuts, coarsely chopped
1 cup cilantro leaves and thin stems, torn into bite-size pieces

1 to 2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons Asian hot chili oil
2 teaspoons sesame oil.

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place squash on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil and spread in a single layer. Roast 15 minutes, toss gently and return to oven until tender and caramelized, about 10 more minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

2. Meanwhile, prepares noodles: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Turn off heat, add noodles, and allow to sit for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water; set aside.

3. To assemble rolls: Fill a large pie plate or shallow bowl with very warm tap water. Lay a clean, damp kitchen towel on counter to use as a work surface; this will prevent wrappers from sliding. Submerge two paper wrappers in the water to soften, about 1 minute. Gently transfer one wrapper to towel.

4. In lower third of circle, place a small handful of noodles, leaving about an inch and a half of empty wrapper on either side. Place two or three pieces of squash on top of noodles, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and cilantro. To roll, fold left and right sides of wrapper snugly over the filling. Lift the bottom of the wrapper over the filling, tucking it underneath, then roll up firmly but gently. Place seam side down on a plate, and continue with remaining wrappers and filling. Cut in half when ready to serve.

5. For dipping sauce: In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon soy sauce, the vinegar and sugar. Add chili oil and sesame oil, and taste. If desired, add additional soy sauce.
Yield: 12 rolls.

For the sauce:
1 cup whole, fresh cranberries
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 fresh serrano pepper, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce, or to taste (optional)
Bring cranberries, water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add peppers and lime juice and simmer for another 10 minutes until sauce has reduced. Remove from heat. Add hot sauce if desired. Set aside.