Lunchbreak: Pan-Seared Butternut Squash

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Chef Jonathan Meyer

Flora Fauna

11 W. Illinois St., Chicago, IL 60654

Monday through Wednesday 4pm to 12am; Thursday through Saturday 4pm to 1am.


Pan-Seared Butternut Squash

Step 1: Green Strawberry Chimichurri


  • ½ C Chopped Italian Parsley
  • ½ C Chopped Cilantro
  • 1T Chopped Garlic
  • 1T Chopped Shallot
  • ½ C Diced Green Strawberries  (ask at a farmer’s market to find these or use red strawberries)
  • 1C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2t Korean Chili Flake
  • ¼ t Citric Acid  (can purchase in a store)
  • Salt TT

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl except for the strawberries. Only add the strawberries when ready for use, being it will turn the chimichurri a darker color.

 Step 2: Squash Preparation


  • 2 Spaghetti Squash (sliced in half)
  • 1C Water
    • Directions: Place spaghetti squash flesh side down onto a sheet tray with water and bake at 400 for about 30 minutes or until the outside of the squash is soft. Allow to cool. Once cool, take a fork a shred the flesh and reserve.
  • 2 Butternut Squash (peeled)
    • Directions: Take the peeled butternut squash and slice the top portion into 1” round steaks (we reserve the bottoms with seeds for stock). Toss in a little oil and salt and lay flat on a sheet tray and bake for about 8-10 minutes until tender. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • 2 Bunches Rainbow chard (de-stemmed)
    • Directions: Start a pot of boiling water and season heavily (taste like the ocean). Quickly blanch the chard for about 1-1.5 minutes and immediately place into an ice bath. Once cool, pull from water and squeeze out excess water and reserve.

Step 3: Execution

Ingredients: (for 1 serving)

  • 4 pieces Butternut Squash
  • 1C Shredded Spaghetti Squash
  • 2T Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1C Blanched Chard
  • ¼ C Chimichurri with Green Strawberries
  • Salt TT

Directions: In a hot pan, sear off the Butternut Squash Rounds with a bit of oil until golden brown. Saute the spaghetti squash with the apple cider vinegar and season to taste. Saute the chard with a touch off water and salt to taste.

Step 4: Garnish


  • ¼ C Jullienne Unripened Mango
  • Chili Oil
  • Chili Thread
  • Puffed Grains

Directions: Plate the spaghetti squash in a line down the center of the plate, then top with chard, followed by the Butternut Squash. Place the mango on top of the butternut squash. Spoon the chimichurri on top of the butternut squash and around the plate. Drizzle a little chili oil over the top, as well as a pinch of chili threads. Finally, sprinkle a half handful of puffed grains all around the dish.


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