5 from 11 votes
Caramelized Butternut Squash Crostini
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
 

Thinly sliced, crusty baguette topped with roasted, sweet butternut squash, creamy whipped feta, shallots, za'atar and rich tahini. These Caramelized Butternut Squash Crostini are absolutely delicious and perfect for the appetizer portion of your Thanksgiving meal!

Course: Appetizer, Snack, starter
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Keyword: butternut squash, caramelized, crostini, feta, shallots, squash, tahini, thanksgiving, za'atar
Servings: 10
Calories: 233 kcal
Ingredients
  • Butternut Squash:
  • 2 Cups Butternut Squash – peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 TBS Unsalted Butter , melted
  • 1 TBS Light Brown Sugar , packed
  • Whipped Feta:
  • 8 ounces Good Quality Feta Cheese – at room temperature, crumbled
  • 3 ounces whipped cream cheese , at room temperature
  • 1 TBS+ ½ tsp Lemon Juice , divided
  • 1 TBS Heavy Cream
  • Crostini:
  • 1 Baguette – sliced thinly on the diagonal
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil , for brushing
  • 3 ½ TBS Tahini
  • 1 Clove Garlic – minced
  • ½ tsp Honey
  • 1 Shallot – thinly sliced
  • Za’atar , to taste
  • Fresh Parsley – roughly chopped (optional)
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
  2. Roast the squash: Place the butternut squash cubes on baking sheet and drizzle with butter and sugar. Season generously with salt and pepper. Toss all the ingredients together with your hands and spread out in a single layer. Transfer to the oven and roast, stopping to turn the squash a few times with a spatula, for 40-50 minutes or until the squash is tender beginning to caramelize.
  3. And toast the bread: On a separate baking sheet, arrange the baguette slices and brush generously with oil. During the last 10 minutes of butternut squash roasting, add the crostini to the oven. Bake baguette slices until lightly toasted, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the whipped feta: Place the feta and cream cheese in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process until cheeses are mixed. Add in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/8 tsp pepper. Continue to process, scraping down the sides as necessary, until feta is whipped and creamy. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  5. Prepare the tahini: In a small bowl combine the tahini, ½ teaspoon lemon juice, garlic, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk until creamy and combined, adding a bit of water if a thinner consistency is desired.
  6. Assemble the crostini: Arrange the crostini on a serving platter. Spread with whipped feta and top with a spoonful or two of butternut squash and a few slices of shallots. Drizzle with tahini. Sprinkle with za’atar and parsley (if using). Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

YIELD: 18-20 Crostini
1. The whipped feta and tahini drizzle can be prepared a couple days in advance. Just keep them covered and stored in the refrigerator.

2. If you want to make this appetizer even easier where the prep is concerned, purchase the already diced butternut squash in the produce isle of your grocery store.

3. Since the bread portion of crostini is pretty essential, make sure you purchase high quality bread. Go for a fresh baguette from a local bakery, or the bakery section of your grocery store. Slice the bread about ½’’ thick, you don’t want it too thick OR too thin. And DO NOT skip brushing the bread with generously with oil before baking.

Nutrition Facts
Caramelized Butternut Squash Crostini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 233 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 476mg21%
Potassium 184mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 3280IU66%
Vitamin C 6.8mg8%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.