It’s hard to put into words how tasty this dish is! The warm, oven-baked squash paired with the creamy ricotta and Iberian ham is a winning formula.
My husband made this for me on one of our early dates and I’ve been hooked ever since (on both coincidently!) I roll this out at dinner parties and family gatherings alike and it never fails to garner euphoric mmmm’s and ahhhh’s!
Perfect as a starter or side dish, skip below for the recipe!
For two people, you will need:
1/2 Butternut squash (peel and dice into reasonably sized chunks)
10 slices of Iberian ham (use parma ham for a more cost effective substitute)
1 tub of ricotta
A couple of sprigs of thyme
A pinch of chilli flakes
1 clove of garlic (chopped finely)
Pre-heat your oven to 200C/390f. Toss your garlic, chilli flakes and squash in a mixing bowl with a glug of oil. Spread across a baking tray and pop in the oven for 15 minutes so the squash softens.
Once ready, place on a serving dish and tear pieces of Iberian ham and dollops of ricotta cheese on top. Finally, loosely chop the thyme and sprinkle on top!
Voila! One unbelievably tasty starter prepared in minutes. Serving with bubbles is purely optional!
Need a showstopper of a dessert? Find my Double Decker Carrot Cake recipe here!