Butternut Squash Spread on Baguette Slices


A beautiful and tasty fall and winter appetizer recipe.

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Servings 48 appetizers

Calories 83kcal

Course Appetizer

Cuisine American

Keyword butternut squash appetizer, butternut squash spread

Ingredients

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SPREAD:

  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted

BAGUETTE SLICES:

  • 1 whole baguette, sliced into 48 thin slices
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

GARNISH:

  • thyme and rosemary sprigs, for garnish

Instructions

PREPARE BUTTERNUT SQUASH SPREAD:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the squash in half lengthwise; remove and discard seeds. Place the squash, cut side down, in a 13×9-inch baking dish. Add hot water to the dish to a depth of 1-inch. Bake, uncovered, for 1 hour or until the squash is tender. Remove the squash pulp and transfer to a bowl, discarding shells. Mash the pulp.
  • Sauté the garlic in butter in a small skillet over medium-high heat until golden. Add the garlic to the squash pulp in the bowl. Add the cream cheese, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, sugar, thyme and rosemary to the bowl; mash until blended. Stir in the pecans.

PREPARE THE BAGUETTE SLICES:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the baguette slices on 2 large ungreased baking sheets; brush or drizzle olive oil over the baguette slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 4 minutes. Sprinkle the baguette slices with the remaining 1 cup of Parmesan cheese. Bake 2 more minutes or until the cheese melts.

ASSEMBLE THE APPETIZERS:

  • Spoon 1 tablespoon of the squash mixture onto each cheese crouton. Place on a serving tray, and garnish, if desired with an additional pinch of Parmesan and fresh herbs.

Nutrition

Serving: 1appetizer | Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.4mg