Butternut Squash, Ricotta Crostini

by Grace Boyle on October 17, 2011

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Recently, I hosted a Fall feast at my house. One of my secret favorites, are actually the appetizers and finger food. This sets the precedence for the whole meal.

I created a variety of the crostini I found in Bon Appetit and they were a hit. I made extra to put aside, but they were so popular with my guests that they were scooped up. That’s the ultimate hostess and cook’s compliment. So I’ll take it.

You Will Need:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into small cubes
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup fresh ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 12 pieces baguette slices
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Toss the cubed squash with 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast, tossing occasionally, until squash is golden and tender, 25-30 minutes. Let the squash cool.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet
  • Mix ricotta and lemon zest in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Cool the ricotta mixture in the fridge (this can be made ahead).
  • Spread 1 Tbsp. of ricotta mixture on each baguette slice. Top each with a few squash cubes. Drizzle crostini with lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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  • doniree walker

    OMG, that looks delicious!

    • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

      It’s a really quick appetizer and to my liking, easy :) Let me know if you make it. Other suggestions are to add a spice and/or herb on top like sage or rosemary.

  • Boulder Locavore

    Gorgeous Grace! I’m viewing that at 5:47 a.m. and wishing I had some for breakfast!

    • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

      Thanks! They really are a good treat.

  • http://twitter.com/jrmoreau James Ryan Moreau

    Yeah, I had about 10 of these I think… too delicious.

  • http://www.virtuallybing.com Bing Chou

    Love the mason jars – we keep a dozen or so kicking around at all times. My favorite drink in a jar? Fresh lemonade….

    • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

      Nice, good call! I really like them too. I increasingly use them for guests even above my nice glasses :)

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