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Keith Bradbury

Pork - Cumin Roasted and Fried Squash and Cannellini Beans


I reckon this is a dish I could eat a lot of, and on its own. It is a mouthful to say and indeed a mouthful to eat! And a fine mouthful at that.

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  • 1 butternut squash
  • 8 baby new potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds
  • 4 halved long shallots
  • 400gm tin of drained cannellini beans
  • Pinch of a garam masala mix
  • 125gm of vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon of crème fraîche
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil


Level of difficulty Easy
Cooking time 50mins
Cost Budget Friendly


Step 1

I had a butternut squash but wanted to experiment rather than just roast it straight. I peeled the beast, cut it into rings then halved the pieces. I then cut about 8 baby new potatoes in half.

Step 2

I gurzled – new word I just made up (and I like it!) – some olive oil into a roasting tin and scattered over 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds.

Step 3

I popped this into a hot oven – 200°C- for about 10 minutes, then added (carefully mind) the squash pieces and the potatoes. I then put the roasting tin back in the oven for around 40 minutes.

Step 4

I had a loin of pork in the oven roasting satisfyingly away to itself on a bed of 4 halved long shallots and when it was ready I rescued the onions and put to one side.

Step 5

Whilst the meat rested, I took out the squash and spuds and added it all to a large frying pan to which I added the shallots and a 400 gm tin of drained cannellini beans.

Step 6

Oh, and a little pinch of a garam masala mix. A little salt and pepper was duly ground over also and stirred gently for 5 minutes or so whilst everything gets romantically aromatic.

Step 7

The smell is divine. Rapturous. Roasting it first and then transferring it to finish off with the beans and shallots was a good move, if not economical on the washing up side of things!

Step 8

Just for the sake of completing the circle – my main intention was after all to draw your attention to the fabulous squash dish – I added 125 gm of vegetable stock to the pork juices in the pan plus a tablespoon of crème fraîche and some black pepper.

Step 9

The whole meal was one of my favourite Sunday spreads for a while.

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