GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Are you looking for something gourmet to serve to your hungry gourmet ghosties?
The Four Daughters Vineyard and Winery in Spring Valley has a tasty treat for all.
Erik Kleven, Head Chef of FourDaughtersVineyardis creating a spooky 6-courseHalloween meal for Nov. 1.
Erik also prepared one of hisspooky favorites,Black and Orange Pasta.
Black and Orange Pasta (Serves 4)
Black Pasta Noodles, 1LB par cooked
Confit Butternut Squash (recipe below)
Bacon Bits, 1 CUP
Grated Parmesan, 1 TBSP
Brown Butter Pecan Sauce:
Butter, 1/2 LB
Brown Sugar, 1 TBSP
Fresh Sage, 1 TSP chopped
Pecan Pesto, 2 TBSP (see recipe below)
To make Pasta
1. Heat a thick-bottomed skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced butter (sliced so that the butter melts more evenly) whisking frequently. Continue to cook the butter.
2. Once melted the butter will foam up a bit, then subside. Watch carefully as lightly browned specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan. Smell the butter; it should have a nutty aroma. Remove from heat and whisk in the brown sugar, pesto and fresh sage.
3. Warm the pasta in hot water and add hot noodle to the sauce. Also add the bacon and squash confit. Toss all of the ingredients. Place in bowls and garnish with fresh parmesan.
Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded and cut into large dice-1each
Whole Garlic Cloves, 1/2 Cup
Fresh Thyme Sprigs, 3 to 4 each
Salt and Pepper
To make confit, place all ingredients into a baking dish and cover with olive oil. Cover with foil and bake at 300 until the squash is soft but not falling apart. Remove squash from oil. (Tip: after you remove the squash from the oil, strain the oil and save in a jar in the fridge. You will have a nicely flavored oil that can be used for sautéing, vinaigrette or anything else you would use olive oil for.)
Toasted Pecans, 1 Cup
Shredded Parmesan Cheese, 1/4 Cup
Minced Garlic, 2 tsp
Fresh Parsley, 1/4 Cup
Salt and pepper, pinch of each
Olive Oil, 1/4 Cup
In food processor combine all ingredients except the olive oil and pulse to combine. With the machine running slowly, add the olive oil to incorporate. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed and store in fridge.
ContactFour Daughters Vineyard and Wineryfor more information.