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Butternut Squash-and-Pecan Crostini

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas
Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 appetizer servings
Creamy butternut squash teams up with pecans and Parmesan for a truly mouthwatering Butternut Squash-and-Pecan Crostini appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash (about 1 1/2 lb.), halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Crostini
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • Garnish: fresh sage leaves

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place squash, flesh side up, in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish; drizzle with oil, and sprinkle with paprika and desired amount of salt and pepper. Turn squash, and place, flesh side down, in baking dish. Cover with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until tender. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes. Peel squash, and cut into large pieces.

  2. Pulse squash, vinegar, and butter in a food processor 7 or 8 times or until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Spread 1 tsp. squash mixture onto each Crostini. Top each with a few pieces of shaved Parmesan and about 1/4 tsp. pecans.

  4. Make-Ahead Tip: Chill squash mixture up to 2 days. Microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until hot.