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Rice Timbales w/Butternut Squash (D)
Source: Bon Appetit, November 2001
Serves: 4

2 cups peeled butternut squash in 1/2" pieces, (about 1 lb.)
3 cups trimmed broccoli florets
Nonstick vegetable oil spray, as needed
2-1/2 cups canned vegetable broth
1 cup Arborio rice, (or medium-grain white rice)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1/3 cup crumbled Feta cheese
Salt, to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper, to taste

Steam squash until just tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Steam broccoli until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Transfer to another bowl; set aside.

Spray four 1-1/4-cup custard cups with nonstick spray.

Bring broth and rice to boil in heavy large saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until rice is tender but some liquid remains, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Uncover; stir until rice is creamy, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté until golden, about 5 minutes. Add parsley, thyme, and 1 minced garlic clove; sauté 1 minute. Add squash and sun-dried tomatoes; stir to heat through.

Mix vegetable mixture and feta into rice. Season with salt and pepper. Divide hot rice mixture among prepared custard cups; press down with back of spoon to compact. Unmold 1 rice timbale onto each of 4 plates.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 garlic cloves and broccoli; sauté until heated through, about 2 minutes. Spoon broccoli around timbales and serve.

Posted by Judy Hochsztein

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A