Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Napoleon
I’m from Texas and just adore the flavors of the Southwest. We put a french twist on this recipe, by creating a Napoleon—a 3 layer dessert with puff pastry and pastry cream— not exactly Garden of Eydie fare, so we make it healthy and savory, using spaghetti squash tortillas, layered with butternut squash, black bean salsa and a mango chipotle glaze. Serve it with a big salad and you’ll be “fixin” this a lot!
Preheat the oven to 400℉ for cooking the spaghetti and butternut squash, and for warming up the Napoleons, just before serving.
Heat a 12” non-stick or cast iron pan over medium high heat for a minute or two, or until hot. Place 3 tortillas in the heated pan, pressing down on them with a spatula. Lower the heat to medium and cook tortillas for 2-3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip over and brown the other side. Remove from the pan onto a parchment lined sheet pan, and continue with the other 3 tortillas. Reserve.
Season the prepared squash with the lime juice and spices. Place on a parchment lined sheet pan and bake for approximately 20 -25 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a knife. Remove from the oven and let cool. Once cool, mash with a fork or potato masher leaving it a little chunky.
Drain the black beans of their liquid, and place in a food processor along with the pico de gallo. Pulse to blend.
Place the prepared mango along with chipotle sauce in a small blender or processor and purée. Reserve in a small bowl.
Dress the arugula with lemon juice and black pepper and place a handful on each plate. Using a spatula, carefully lift the Napoleons, nestling them beautifully in the bed of arugula.
To make in advance you can prepare the spaghetti squash tortillas (save the cooking before service), butternut squash and mango chipotle glaze.
Day of: dress the arugula and arrange on plates. Brown the tortillas in the pan, then assemble the Napoleons and bake in 400℉ oven for 5-8 minutes.
Doubling the recipe is a good idea, and not really any extra work + you can serve 4!