Sunday Lunch: Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Sunday Supper: Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Sunday Supper: Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Sunday Lunch:

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Grana Padano Cheese

I awoke to a heavy white frost today with flocks of  iridescent starlings on the lawn…….my trip to the hen-house was accompanied by crunching footsteps as I made my way over sparkling white grass, and I could sense the eyes of hungry blackbirds watching my progress, waiting for their breakfast to be served…..the hens were reluctant to leave their straw clad house and peeped out from behind the door, they have lived through snow and weren’t that keen when it arrived, the heavy white frost obviously brought back chilly memories. The clocks had gone back last night, so I was awake early, well, at my usual time which was now earlier! Luckily the fire was still burning in the wood-burning stove from last night, so all I had to do was empty the grate underneath and throw another log in, that meant that my baking and cooking day could start as soon as breakfast was over……

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

……a trip to the pantry confirmed what I already knew, I still had half a pumpkin left that needed to be used today.……I used the other half last week in a big pot of Bonfire Chilli with Beef, Chocolate and Pumpkin, and although my pantry is in back of the house, in the old stable block, with stone walls and old flagstones on the floor and is very cool, it wouldn’t last another day. The seeds would be handy for feeding the birds too. I have had this recipe in my head for a few days now. I love salads, even when it’s cold, and I wanted to try to create a salad that was a combination of roast vegetables served on a bed of salad leaves; the pumpkin would be perfect for roasting, especially with pancetta and pumpkin seeds. To emphasise the pumpkin flavours, I decided to make a dressing with some pumpkin oil, and, as I still have a big chunk of Grana Padano cheese left from my La Cucina Caldesi Masterclass, that could be added for the final flourish.

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

 Whilst the pumpkin was roasting, I made my way to the bottom of the garden to feed the birds; I sometimes wished I could wave a magic wand and have somebody come over to help me with the garden –  I have been looking at garden designers on-line lately, and really fancy having a go at making my garden more eco-friendly and sustainable for wildlife and birds. It’s already very bird, insect and bee friendly, but I would like to add owl boxes and maybe have some bee hives too. But, back to the kitchen - the smell of roasting bacon and pumpkin hit me as soon as I opened the door, all I had to do now was to set the table, and arrange the salad leaves on to the plates, then lunch was ready – not a traditional Sunday lunch I know, but I have something a little heartier planned for later tonight. I had some Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls already made from yesterday, (recipe to follow later) which were sitting in the warming drawer at the bottom of the Aga, the butter was on the table along with a glass of crisp white wine, all I had to do now was round up the diners!

Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls

Beetroot and Walnut Bread Rolls

Traditional this may not have been for Sunday lunch, but it was delectable with the earthy sweetness of the pumpkin counteracting the saltiness of the cheese and pancetta, all bound together in a fruity and yet tangy dressing…...this recipe would also make a colourful starter for any autumn or winter dinner party, and would be the perfect way to start a Thanksgiving Dinner or even Christmas Eve supper….if you are catering for vegetarians, as I often so as my parents and sister are vegetarian, just ditch the bacon (pancetta) and add extra cheese, or, maybe some pan-fried chestnut mushrooms would be a great substitute. I have to leave you now, I just popped online to share this seasonal recipe, but I have to away to the kitchen again,  to bake a cake…….a BIG celebration cake for a VERY special birthday for next week – more about that later! Have a FAB Sunday darlinks! Karen  PS: Did you all enjoy the extra hour in bed this morning? 

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Serves 4 as an appetiser and 2 as a main meal
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Lunch, Main Dish, Salad, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Gourmet, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Christmas, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
This vibrant and elegant Autumn salad is easy to make and combines hot roast pumpkin, pancetta and toasted pumpkin seeds with salad leaves, Italian cheese and a pumpkin oil dressing. It makes a perfect starter/appetiser for any formal or family dinner, as well as being a wonderful luncheon dish when served with crusty artisan bread. If you are serving this to vegetarians, just omit the pancetta, and add some extra cheese.

Ingredients

  • half a pumpkin, about 500g to 550g (peeled and cut into even sized cubes)
  • 160g pancetta (cut into cubes, or use lardons)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin oil (or other vegetable or nut oil of your choice)
  • 3 tablespoons cider apple vinegar
  • salt and black pepper
  • mixed salad leaves (about 100g, I used Mesclun leaves)
  • shavings of Grana Padano cheese (about 50g)

Note

This vibrant  and elegant Autumn salad is easy to make and combines hot roast pumpkin, pancetta and toasted pumpkin seeds with salad leaves, Italian cheese and a pumpkin oil dressing. It makes a perfect starter/appetiser for any formal or family dinner, as well as being a wonderful luncheon dish when served with crusty artisan bread. If you are serving this to vegetarians, just omit the pancetta, and add some extra cheese.

Directions

Step 1 Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Step 2 Put the pancetta (or lardons), pumpkin cubes and pumpkin seeds into a large roasting tin and roast for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the the pancetta is crispy and the pumpkin is cooked. Check half way through that there is enough fat and if not, add a little vegetable oil; the pancetta usually makes enough fat to roast the pumpkin and other ingredients.
Step 3 Arrange the salad leaves on to a large plate or individual plates. Mix the pumpkin oil and cider apple vinegar together and whisk to create a dressing, season to taste with salt and pepper, remembering that the pancetta is salty.
Step 4 Spoon the hot pumpkin, pumpkin seeds and pancetta over the top of the salad leaves and then add shavings of Grana Padano cheese, before serving with crusty baguette or any rustic artisan bread.
Step 5 Serves four people as a starter and two people as a main meal, served with bread.
 Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Pancetta, Grana Padano and Pumpkin Seeds

I am entering this into Cooks Joy Halloween Fiesta:

What is your favourite recipe using pumpkin?

Have you ever used Pumpkin Oil in your cooking? 

Comments

  1. says

    This is so colourful and I love the way roasted pumpkin tastes.What a perfectly Autumnal salad with the added crunch of pumpkin seeds, this is one I could really enjoy for lunch and I must look out for this pumpkin oil too!

    • says

      Thanks Laura, just thought, can I enter this into the one ingredient challenge? Already entered once, and don’t like to hog the limelight! Lol! There is a pumpkin oil person on twitter called @pumpkinoil from Sheffield, they may do may order.

  2. says

    beautiful Karen, I love that you roasted the seeds too, I never think of that and it’s a brilliant idea… roasting those pumpkins is always a great thing to brink out the flavours. I love this x

    • says

      Thanks Jayne! I think this would make an elegant starter for thanksgiving maybe? Or an autumn dinner party, as well as for lunch, as we enjoyed it. Karen

  3. Fiona Matters says

    I love the look of this salad. I live on pumpkin around Halloween. – I adore it and it’s so cheap as no one in Britain appears to eat it!

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