Ok..so I am officially declaring it Fall outside. The leaves are changing...and falling and the air is crisp! It's a football Sunday and we are headed to a friend's house to watch the Steeler's game. I offered to bring an appetizer and since I am feeling "fally," I figured I would try my hand at something seasonal and festive! It's a homemade recipe, and I must say that it turned out pretty darn well! Try it for yourself and you be the judge!
- 1 small butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar (additional may be needed for thinning out mixture)
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced (I use a garlic press)
- 1 small onion
- 1 baguette, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- 1 (4 oz.) log of plain goat cheese
Toss the butternut squash with white wine vinegar, EVOO, thyme, sage, S&P, red pepper flakes and garlic. Add the onions and toss to coat. Let stand for 10-15 minutes.
Saute the butternut squash mixture over medium-high heat for 15 minutes, or until squash is tender. Remove from heat and let cool.
Add the mixture to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. If additional liquid is needed to smooth out the mixture, add a tablespoon of white wine vinegar.
Line a baking sheet with foil and arrange baguette slices. Broil until lightly browned. Keep a close watch on the bread and it can burn quickly!!
Remove baguette slices from the oven and allow to cool. Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on each slice and top with generous layer of the butternut squash mixture. (I reheated the butternut squash mixture as I like the appetizer served warm)