Winter Squash Crostini Recipe

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  • Winter Squash Crostini Recipe

    Hosting a holiday or New Year's Eve party? We've got the best, no-fuss, Winter Squash Crostini Recipe that will impress your guests: toasted goat cheese bread slices, topped with seasonal squash, dried cranberries, and roasted garlic. These crostinis are both festive and delicious!

    Winter Squash Crostini

    Hosting a holiday or New Year's Eve party? We've got the best, no-fuss, Winter Squash Crostini Recipe that will impress your guests: toasted goat cheese bread slices,…

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    Servings: 10 crostinis

    Ingredients:

    • garlic: 1 head (intact)
    • olive oil: 1 tablespoon (plus more for drizzling garlic and bread)
    • butter: 1 tablespoon
    • winter squash (or pumpkin), cubed: 3 cups
    • fresh thyme leaves: 2 teaspoons
    • brown sugar: 1 teaspoon
    • salt + pepper: to taste
    • dried cranberries: ¼ cup
    • crusty bread: about 10 small slices
    • goat cheese spread: ½ cup

    Directions:

    Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    Step 2: Remove papery, outermost layers of the garlic head and chop the top off. Place garlic head on a piece of tin foil. Lightly drizzle top with olive oil. Wrap the head of garlic in the foil, and bake for 20-30 minutes.

      

    Step 3: Cut squash (or pumpkin) into ½ inch cubes.

    Step 4: In a large saute pan heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 tablespoon butter. Over a high flame, saute squash cubes until lightly caremalized on all sides, about 10 minutes. Add brown sugar, thyme and season to taste with salt and pepper. Gently mix together.

       Step 5: Once the garlic head is done roasting, set aside, and allow to cool. Place bread slices on a baking sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and toasty. 

    Step 6: Mix caramelized squash with roasted garlic cloves (cooled) and dried cranberries.

    Step 7: Spread goat cheese evenly on bread slices. Top with squash mixture. Serve warm, or at room temperature.