It’s VegeWednesday! We’ll be pairing our VegeCert Vegan Certified wines with a delicious Vegan recipe made for us by the wonderful Chef Sider at our sister winery Redstone.⁠⠀⁠⁠

This week we’re pairing the 2014 Laundry Merlot with a Hasselback Butternut Squash w/ Black Garlic & Herb Salad. The savoury earthiness of black garlic, pickled chilis, and squash is a beautiful compliment to this smoky and smooth Merlot from one of our favourite vineyards.

Hasselback Butternut Squash with Black Garlic & Herb Salad

  • 2pc butternut squash, neck only, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 cup Redstone black garlic
  • ½ cup vegetable stock
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar
  • ¼ cup each picked parsley, dill, cilantro, tarragon, mint
  • ½ cup toasted cashews, chopped
  • ½ cup Redstone pickled red chili
  • Juice of one lime
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Combine the black garlic, vegetable stock, brown sugar and sherry vinegar and cook over medium heat until the garlic is very soft, approximately 15 minutes.
  • Puree in a blender and reserve.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F
  • Place the squash cut side down on a cutting board.  Using a very sharp knife, cut the squash into thin slices (no more than 1/8” thick), but only do 95% of the way through the squash so it remains intact.
  • Season the squash with salt and black pepper and individually wrap them in aluminum foil with a generous amount of black garlic glaze (at least ½ cup per piece).
  • Bake until tender, approximately 20 minutes.
To serve:
  • Remove the squash from the oven and place on a plate.  Spoon any excess glaze over the squash.
  • Dress the herbs, chili and cashew in lime juice and olive oil and serve over the squash.