Roasted Butternut Squash & Toasted Farro Salad with Curried Brown Butter
1 medium butternut squash (about 2 lbs.)
1 large shallot, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)
6 Tbsp. butter
2 tsp. The Spice Hunter Curry Seasoning Blend
¾ cup uncooked pearled farro
2 tsp. white wine vinegar, plus more to taste
1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
⅓ cup sliced almonds
⅓ cup raisins
1-2 cups greens (mizuna or arugula recommended)
1. Heat oven to 425F. Line sheet pan with parchment.
2. Peel the butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise, and remove the seeds. Separate the long neck of the squash from the round base. Cut the neck again in half lengthwise (you’ll have four segments). Working with one segment at a time, thinly slice crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Cut the rounded end of the squash into similarly-sized slices. Add the squash and shallots to the prepared sheet pan.
3. In a 2 to 3-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat and cook until it turns brown and smells nutty, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom so they don’t burn. Off the heat, add the curry powder and stir well to incorporate. Remove 4 tablespoons of the curried brown butter from the saucepan and drizzle it over the squash and shallots, tossing well to evenly distribute. Leave the remaining 2 tablespoons of curried brown butter in the saucepan.
4. Roast the squash and shallots for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until the squash is just tender. Add the almonds to the sheet pan, and continue roasting for another 5 minutes to 7 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Remove the pan from the oven.
5. While the squash and shallots are roasting, return the saucepan to medium heat, and add the farro to the curried brown butter, stirring to coat the grains evenly. Cook, stirring frequently, until toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add a generous pinch of salt and 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer until the farro is tender, about 25 minutes (or according to package directions). Drain the farro, and return to the saucepan. Immediately stir in white wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, and raisins (which will plump in the warm farro). Let cool for several minutes, then adjust seasoning and acidity to taste.
6. Once the squash and shallots have cooled for about 5 to 10 minutes, toss in the farro and greens on the sheet pan. Taste again, adding white wine vinegar and salt if needed. Finish with a thin drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, if desired, though I usually find none is needed. Transfer to a serving platter or bowl, and serve warm or at room temperature.