This recipe comes from Jack Stein, one half of Billy & Jack: Supper Club creators, MasterChef UK Losers, Chefs and London Foodies.

We cook a version of this dish a lot as it includes a lot of our favourite autumnal and winter ingredients. Butternut squash is incredibly versatile and the seeds are really tasty so we’ve used them here for a nice bit of crunch. We’ve pickled mushroom stalks which are a waste ingredient and we’ve also used cod cheeks which are a lovely part to eat but all too often overlooked and wasted. Well worth seeking them out! This is the sort of food we love to cook at our supper clubs, seasonal, contemporary and delicious!

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 x butternut squash

50ml double cream

50ml vegetable stock

1tsp smoked paprika

100g mushroom stalks, well cleaned or 100g seasonal mushrooms

100ml white wine vinegar

30g demerara sugar

220g pack smoked streaky bacon

500g cod cheeks, cleaned

Method

  1. Peel and cut the squash and remove the seeds (hold onto them!).
  2. Place the squash on a baking tray, drizzle with oil, season and place in a preheated oven at 180C for 45 minutes until soft and browning at the edges.
  3. While the squash is cooking clean the seeds. Toast in a hot pan with a little oil until browning and beginning to pop, dust with paprika and season.
  4. To make the pickled mushroom stalks heat the white wine vinegar and sugar until it dissolves. Sauté the mushroom stalks in a hot pan for one minute. Transfer to a bowl and pour on the pickling liquor.
  5. Once the squash flesh has cooled transfer to a blender, add 50ml of double cream and 50ml of vegetable stock and blend on full power until smooth.
  6. Cut the bacon into lardons and fry until crispy and the fat has rendered. Set aside.
  7. In the same pan cook the cod cheeks, season one side with sea salt and a little oil, place salt side down into the hot pan and leave it to crisp up, around 2-3 minutes. Once golden turn over and cook the other side for 2 minutes.
  8. To serve, spoon a little of the squash puree onto the plate and top with the cod cheeks and bacon. Dress with a few mushroom stalks and top with the squash seeds.

 

The recipe is part of the Taste Not Waste collection from Hubbub, Pop Brixton and Museum of London.