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Added: Thursday, March 26, 2009


1 butternut squash (1 1/2 lb.), peeled, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 shallots, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons coarse salt F
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sugar, plus a pinch
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 (six oz.) head red or white endive, leaves separated
1 (ten-oz.) head red-leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

1. Preheat oven to 450 with rack in the lower third of the oven. Combine butternut squash, 1 1/2 shallots, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of black pepper in a bowl; toss to coat.

Transfer the mixture to a Silpat-lined baking sheet, and roast until tender and golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes.

2. Place pumpkin seeds in a small nonstick skillet, and toast until the seeds begin to pop, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside. Combine sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add pumpkin
seeds. Drizzle with honey, and toss to coat.

3. Finely mince the remaining 1/2 sliced shallot, and place in a large bowl. Add balsamic vinegar, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a pinch each of black pepper and sugar; whisk to combine. Continue whisking, slowly drizzling in the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the endive leaves, roasted squash, and shallots; toss to coat.

Transfer the salad to a large platter, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Serve immediately.

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