I met this recipe with resistance. Even though orange vegetables and gnocchi are two of my favorite ingredients, it was Sunday night, and I wanted to make pancakes.
The thing is, I happen to live with the best chef in Seattle. We've tried to keep it a secret for a while, but the truth is, he lives here. He doesn't currently have a food blog, but watch out bloggers, because as soon as he does, no one else will! He's amazing in the kitchen, and pancakes just don't really cut it for his sophisticated palate. Not to mention, we were having over a few special guests so, he convinced me to join him in veering from the norm to enter a recipe contest. The only parameter of the contest was to make Butternut squash the key ingredient.
After agreeing to miss my traditional meal, we instantly began brainstorming the ideal combination: butternut squash, mushrooms, sage, thyme, maybe even hazelnuts. But how could we make our recipe stand out? We decided to put all of our secrets into this one dish.
WARNING: if you keep reading, you will likely either be drooling on your computer or you will be busy making gnocchi for the next several hours.