Golden Harvest Strudel with Creamy Gorgonzola and Mirco Green Herb Salad

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

Strudel:

  • 3 cups finely diced butternut squash
  • 3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups thinly sliced onion
  • 2 tsp. sweet and spicy pepper sauce, such as Tabasco
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 12 thawed phyllo sheets
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup Italian-style grating cheese or parmesan, finely grated
  • 4 oz. crisp cooked Applewood smoked bacon, finely crumbled
  • 1-1/2 cups gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

Mirco Green Salad:

  • 1 cup micro greens or chiffonade of watercress
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh Italian parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh chervil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. finely ground sea salt

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400° F.

Place butternut squash in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle with half of the Extra Virgin olive oil; season with salt and pper. Roast 10-15 minutes or until tender. While butternut squash if roasting, carmelize onion in remaining Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. This should take about 15 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, stir in the sweet and spicy sauce, honey and balsamic.

Lay out one shet of phyllo; brush lightly with butter and sprinkly lightly with Hard Grating cheese. Repeat with remaining phyllo sheets. Spread caramelized onions and roasted butternut squash over one half of the phyllo to 1-1/2" of the sides. Sprinkle with bacon and Gorgonzola. Roll jellyroll style from the filling side, tucking in the sides. Place seam side down on a baking sheet. Cut three diagonal slits on top of phyllo. Bake 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Cool on wire rak 5-7 minutes before slicing.

To prep micro green herb salad simply toss greens and herbs in a small bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice; seaon with salt. Toss to blend. Slice strudel; place on plate. Mound salad over strudel slices.

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