Dinner tonight was a stroke of brilliance, if I do have to say so myself.
Was eating alone and not keen on too much effort and I had a butternut lurking in my fridge for quite some time now. Then it hit me - wouldn't bacon, onion & green pepper make a particularly yummy filling for it? Then my eye caught some fresh mint leaves left over from earlier this week's tapas menu. So I ended up with this fabulous blend of flavours.
Bacon & Mint Filled Butternut
1 butternut, sliced in half lengthways
1 greenpepper, diced finely
1 packet of bacon, diced finely
half a onion, diced finely
half a tomato, chopped
few sprigs of mint, chopped
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1. Put the butternut in a saucepan filled with a little bit of water, cover and cook until soft, but still sturdy enough to hold the filling.
2. Heat a seperate pan and fry the bacon for a few minutes, add the onion and green pepper, and cook until done. Add a little oil, if neccessary. Now add the tomato and mint and cook through.
3. Scoop out some of the flesh of the butternut, to make a big enough hollow for the filling, and fill up with the bacon mixture. Sprinkle over some grated cheese and either put under the grill to melt, or wait a few minutes to let it melt from the heat of the bacon mixture.
Note: The combination of the sweet butternut, the salty bacon and the, well, MINTY mint is fantastic!
Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 486.2 Total Fat 25.0 g Saturated Fat 11.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g Monounsaturated Fat 2.7 g Cholesterol 29.7 mg Sodium 1,444.0 mg Potassium 1,118.9 mg Total Carbohydrate 40.6 g Dietary Fiber 11.4 g Sugars 1.1 g Protein 44.1 g