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Nearly-veggie burgers!

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we had a bunch of veg left from the veg box we get delivered including a little butternut squash so I decided to make something up for dinner.  The recipe kind of evolved as I was making it but it ended up as nearly-veggie burgers (i.e. Veggie burgers with bacon in!) with chips.
Charlie got very confused when we were talking about butternut squash and said “I want some butternut squash to drink”, we gave him some blackcurrant squash instead!

Ingredients (serves 2)
1 butternut squash
3 sprigs of thyme
1/2 bulb of garlic
Rapeseed oil
3 potatoes
1 large leek
2 rashers bacon
50g sunflower seeds
1 egg yolk
1/2 head Broccoli

How to make it
1) peel the squash, remove the seeds then chop into smallish (~1-2cm) chunks.
2) peel the garlic cloves then place whole cloves in a baking tray with the squash, thyme, salt, pepper and a generous glug of rapeseed oil and put in the oven at 200°C for about half an hour, turning occasionally.
3) wash the potatoes and cut into thick chips, put into a second baking tray with oil, salt & pepper and put into the oven.
4) chop the leek roughly and gently fry in some butter, chop the bacon finely and add to the leeks.
5) toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan over a medium heat until golden brown and just starting to burn.
6) when the squash is cooked put it in a bowl with the leeks & bacon, sunflower seeds and about 1/3 of the potatoes and mash it all together.
7) When the mixture has cooled mix in the egg yolk then shape into 4 burgers and fry then in a little oil in a large pan.
8) serve with the chips and some steamed broccoli.
9) eat and enjoy!



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