Miso Butternut Ramen
I’m pretty well addicted to miso-roasted eggplant and needed another way to scratch that itch now that eggplant season has ended here in central Texas. I decided to try the glaze (adapted lightly from http://iamafoodblog.com/oven-roasted-eggplant-with-caramelized-miso-recipe/ ) on roasted butternut squash instead, and was thrilled with the results. I further gilded the lily by serving the miso butternut in a weeknight version of a miso ramen and ended up with a recipe I’ll make again and again. —arielleclementine
small butternut squash (1-2 lbs), peeled, seeded, and sliced in 1/2″ thick rounds
shaoxing wine (or sake, or sherry)
miso paste (shiro or red, both are good)
good chicken stock
tamari, for seasoning the stock
buckwheat soba noodles
rice wine vinegar
small squares toasted nori
chile flakes, for topping
scallions, sliced thinly, for topping
- Make the Miso Butternut Squash. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, toss butternut rounds with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, spread out in a single layer, and season with kosher salt. Roast for 40 minutes, until the butternut slices are soft and lightly browned on the bottom. Meanwhile, make the miso glaze. Combine the mirin and Shaoxing wine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the miso and stir until smooth. Stir in the sugar and cook for a couple minutes, until thick and bubbly. Transfer miso glaze to small bowl (do not rinse out saucepan). When the butternut squash has roasted, take it out of the oven, move the rack up to the top, and preheat the broiler. Brush the glaze generously onto the roasted butternut slices. Return to the oven and broil, watching carefully and rotating the pan as needed, until the glaze is bubbling and caramelized, and charred in spots.
- Make the ramen. While the squash is roasting, heat the chicken stock in the now-empty miso glaze saucepan. Season the stock with soy sauce until it is just seasoned (you’ll be adding more miso paste at the end, which is salty, so you don’t want it to be fully seasoned just yet). Bring another pot of water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to the package directions. When done, drain and rinse in a colander.
- Assemble the bowls. In each of four bowls add 1/2 tablespoon miso paste, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar, and 1 cup of the heated stock. Stir gently to combine. Put 1/4 of the soba noodles into each bowl and top with several rings of butternut squash, a square of toasted nori, chile flakes, and sliced scallions. Serve with additional soy sauce and chile paste.
I have always loved food. My favorite books as a kid always featured food (eg. The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies- so much candy!) and I loved cooking shows like Yan Can Cook and The Frugal Gourmet. I started cooking the Thanksgiving dinner for my family when I was 13 years old. I have food52 to thank for inspiring me to come up with my own recipes, as well as for introducing me to a community of fantastic cooks and their amazing recipes. I try my best to cook locally and seasonally, and I tend to prefer straightforward, simple recipes where the ingredients get to shine. I live in wonderful Austin, Texas with my husband, Andy (a video game programmer) and my son, Henry (an 8-month-old who loves to eat).
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