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Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini from TheFoodCharlatan.com
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Butternut Squash, Cranberry, and Goat Cheese Crostini

Tender butternut squash and bright cranberries top off tangy goat cheese in this perfect holiday appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 2 & 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 12 inch sourdough baguette, thinly sliced (1/4” pieces)
  • 3 ounces goat cheese, softened

For the topping:

  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 & 1/2 cups butternut squash, 3/4 inch cubes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  • 2 & 1/2 tablespoons thyme, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Start by chopping the butternut squash. See tutorial below.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Set out the goat cheese to soften. Slice the baguette thinly. (Quick tip: if you're baguette is stale, wrap it in a damp tea towel and microwave for 5-15 seconds. Works like a charm.)
  • Use a pastry brush to coat each side of the sliced baguette pieces with the 2 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 5 minutes, flip each sourdough, and continue to bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Don't worry if they have not browned. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • For topping: Pour 1 1/2 tablespoons oil into a large, heavy bottom skillet, and place over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add squash and continue to sauté for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and 2 tablespoons of thyme and stir together.
  • Cook mixture for 5 minutes, then add cranberries. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for another 4 to 10 minutes, or until squash is fork tender. (If the squash is chopped large, it will take longer.)
  • To assemble: Spread some goat cheese onto each crostini and top with a spoonful or two of the squash mixture, pressing it in slightly to make it stick. Sprinkle with remaining thyme and serve!

Notes

Source: Spoon Fork Bacon

Nutrition

Serving: 1 slice, Calories: 131 kcal, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Protein: 2 g, Fat: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6 g, Cholesterol: 5 mg, Sodium: 42 mg, Potassium: 125 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 6 g, Vitamin A: 3004 IU, Vitamin C: 10 mg, Calcium: 40 mg, Iron: 1 mg