- 75g pearl barley
- 3 pattipans
- 1 onion
- 1 red pepper
- A handful of sage, leaves only
- 2 garlic cloves
- 75g Perl Las
- 50g peppery salad mix
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- 2 tsp olive oil
Prep: 15 mins | Cook: 35 mins
1. Heat your oven to 180C/Fan 160C/Gas 4. Slice the top 3cm off each pattipan (these are your lids). Scrape out the seeds from the middle of each pattipan. Pop the pattipans and their lids on a baking tray. Bake for 20 mins.
2. While the squashes bake, tip the barley into a small pan. Pour in enough boiling water so it's covered by 1cm water (around 250-300ml). Add a pinch of salt. Cover. Simmer for 15 mins till the barley is tender.
3. Peel and finely chop the onion. Halve the pepper. Scoop out the seeds and white bits. Finely chop it. Peel and crush the garlic. Finely chop the sage leaves.
4. Tip the onion and pepper into a frying pan with 2 tsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook and stir over a medium heat for 5 mins till the veg have caramelised and browned a little. Stir in the crushed garlic and most of the sage (keep a pinch back for garnishing).
5. Drain the barley well and stir it into the veg. Stir over the heat for 2-3 mins to dry everything out. Crumble 50g of the Perl Las and stir most of it into the barley (keep some back for later).
6. Take the squash out of the oven. Pour out any excess water. Scoop out most of the flesh, leaving a thin shell. Stir the pattipan flesh into the barley. Spoon the barley stuffing into the pattipans, pushing it down to fill the pattipans. You may have some leftover stuffing. If so, pop a square of foil on the baking tray and spread the extra stuffing on that.
7. Scatter 25g of the Per Las over the top of the pattipans. Return to the oven and bake for 15 mins till the cheese is melted and the squash is tender. The extra stuffing will be a little golden.
8. While the pattipans roast, toss the salad with the balsamic vinegar and some salt and pepper.
9. Pop the pattipans on two warm plates. Lay the lids on top of them and serve with the salad and extra stuffing, garnished with the leftover sage leaves.