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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.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 131kcal
Author Karen

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