Butternut Squash style ‘Filet Mignon’




  1. Preheat oven to 200c/180c fan or 400f/350f convection
  2. On a baking sheet place whole butternut squash (skin and all) and roast for 45-60 minutes until 95% cooked, time will vary depending on size. To check it’s done, insert a skewer 3 inches from the top stem, when it penetrates through the width easily, it is done. Remove from oven and let cool for 30-45 minutes, to finish carry over cooking.
    Doing this the day before saves time.
  3. Top and tail the squash with a sharp knife, cut away the section with the seeds to leave the long neck (tenderloin) for roasting. Tips for using the seeded part below. Stand the squash on one end and carefully peel/cut away the skin.
  4. Cut the squash into 2 – 3 inch, wide pieces, to make the Filet shapes.
  5. Place peeled squash in a large bowl of baking sheet, rub with oil to cover and then evenly apply the seasonings to cover the entirety evenly.
  6. Heat a large, heavy frying pan (cast-iron preferred) over a med-high heat. Add oil and carefully add the squash and pan-fry and turn to get all sides until browned.
  7. Cook in the same pan, or transfer to baking sheet, and roast for an additional 20 minutes until done.
  8. Remove from oven, let it cool for 1-2 minutes before plating and slicing, serve with gravy.