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Christmas Maple Pecan Roasted Pumpkin

This festive, maple-roasted pumpkin with crunchy pecans is the perfect side dish to complete your Christmas menu.


Ingredients:

Maple pecans

150g pecans

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt


Pumpkin

1.5kg jap pumpkin, cut into large wedges

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp tahini

1/4 cup pomegranate seeds


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

  2. Prepare the maple pecans by combining the pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and mix until the pecans are fully coated.

  3. Spread pecans over one of the baking trays and roast for 5-8min. Remove and set aside to cool.

  4. Cut the pumpkin into large wedges and place onto the other lined tray (you may need 2 trays).

  5. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, cinnamon and maple syrup then generously brush over all sides of the pumpkin wedges.

  6. Roast the glazed pumpkin for 45-60min until soft and golden.

  7. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and place it on a medium sized serving plate.

  8. Drizzle over the tahini, top with pecans and scatter over the pomegranate seeds.

  9. Serve as a side dish to your Christmas feast. This dish can be enjoyed hot or cold.

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