(Recipe) Fall Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta

By: Jessica Bentley

 

Fall is right around the corner

I am so excited to dig into my cold-weather recipe binders!

As soon as the weather turns, I fall head-over-heels in love with Root Vegetables, Squash and Pumpkins.

This appetizer is a slightly sweet and savory delight that will bring a smile to anyone’s tummy.

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Butternut Squash is one of the most common variations of Winter Squash; you can find it at every grocery store and most farmer’s markets. Contrary to its name, Winter Squash is actually grown in the summer and then harvested in the fall.

Other admired varieties include Acorn Squash, Spaghetti Squash and Banana Squash. Most types of Winter Squash will work for this recipe, but I like Butternut Squash the best.

The base for this Bruschetta is Almond Pesto. I simply love the bright green color of the pesto combined with the deep yellow flesh of the Butternut Squash. It’s a very pretty appetizer and a true crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

Roasted Butternut Squash Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • 1 Butternut Squash, cubed & roasted
  • 1 French Baguette, thinly sliced & toasted
  • Almond Pesto (recipe below)
  • 3-4 ounces Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • 2-3 fresh Sage Leaves, minced
  • Olive Oil (as needed)
  • Red Pepper Flakes, to taste
  • S + P to taste

Directions:

  1. Slice the Baguette into smaller bite size portions. Slice at an angle to create more surface area on each slice.
  2. Brush both sides of the Bread with Olive Oil and sprinkle with S + P. Place in a 450 degrees oven for 10 minutes or until edges are golden in color. Once toasted, remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Slice the uncooked Butternut Squash in half and remove the seeds. Start slicing the inside flesh into small cubes, around the size of a bouillon cube. Place your cubes in a mixing bowl. Make sure to cut off all the skin portions and discard.
  4. Once the Squash is cubed, toss with a small amount of Olive Oil and S + P.
  5. On an oiled baking sheet, roast the Squash cubes in a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes, turning once halfway through. Your squash should be browned and have a slight crunch to the outside.
  6. Now you just need to assemble the Bruschetta. First place down the toasted Baguette slices and spread a small amount of Pesto on each piece. Then layer your Squash, Feta and sprinkle with Sage and Red Pepper Flakes. Serve immediately.

Almond Pesto

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed fresh Parsley Leaves
  • ½ cup packed fresh Basil Leaves
  • ½ cup packed fresh Cilantro
  • ½ cup of slivered Almonds
  • 2 medium Garlic cloves
  • ½ tbsp. Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
  • ¾ cup Olive Oil (I prefer Greek Olive Oil)
  • Water as needed

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process on high and add water as needed until your desired consistency. Store in a sealable container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Written by Jessica Bentley | @sliceofjess

Recipe Inventor, Spiralizer Addict, & Local Produce Lover