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I’ve been trying to think of a way to tie in my random Roomba story and there isn’t a way. So let’s just talk about these Butternut Squash Cranberry & Goat Cheese Crostini. This is basically fall bruschetta which I freaking love, because I loooovvveeeeee butternut squash so much. These simple little crostini are so pretty and colorful and look like leaves when they change for fall (I felt so pinterest inspirational quote-y when I typed that for some reason). You can add hazelnuts if you want a crunch factor too.
♥ Teri

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Butternut Squash, Cranberry and Goat Cheese Crostini
Serves 8 to 10

Ingredients:
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 (12”) sourdough baguette, thinly sliced (1/4” pieces)
3 to 4 ounces goat cheese, softened
topping:
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, minced
1 1/2 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons minced thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
2. Brush each side of sliced baguette pieces with oil and lightly season with salt and pepper.
3. Bake for 5 minutes, flip each crostini, and continue to bake for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
4. For topping: Pour oil into a heavy bottom skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté for 2 minutes.
5. Add squash and continue to sauté for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add garlic and 2 tablespoons thyme and stir together. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Cook mixture for 5 minutes, add cranberries and season with salt and pepper.
7. Continue to cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until squash is fork tender. Stir in remaining thyme and adjust seasonings.
8. To assemble: Spread a small amount of goat cheese onto each crostini and top with a spoonful or two of the squash mixture. Serve.

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  1. Belinda @themoonblushbaker Not Specified Not Specified

    Gosh I have a roomba too, but It has caused me more trouble than good… It felll down my stairs….
    However these look delicious! I love your party food ideas

  2. Quyen Not Specified Not Specified

    Crostinis are great for parties. I love to have a crostini making table with different toppings. This will be a great fall addition! Thanks!

  3. Abby @ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    I loooove butternut squash too!! Also, I want a Roomba, but I know my cat would hate me for it. I totes want a shark Rooma cat, but cats don’t like costumes, what?!

  4. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks amazing! All my favorite flavors. I tried to print but the print option is not working. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Marnie Not Specified Not Specified

      I,too, am unable to print the recipe. The entire post comes up again. Have you figured it out?

  5. Peta Stanley Not Specified Not Specified

    Would it not be a bit healthier and just as delish to dice the squash and roast on a lightly sprayed (Olive oil) baking sheet popped in the oven at 350 until done? Think I’ll do this for my appetizer this Sunday! Great idea as always. Thx.

  6. Mimi Not Specified Not Specified

    okay. I’m making these. why I haven’t thought of this combo is killing me!!! Can’t wait!

  7. Millie Not Specified Not Specified

    Sounds like the perfect mix of hearty squash, sweet and tart cranberries and smooth goats cheese! Perfection in a bite :)

  8. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    Such a beautiful simple seasonal appetizer! I definitely will keep this one in the back of my mind for our next party. :)

  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    Mmmm I love this for fall! Delicious.

  10. Tieghan Not Specified Not Specified

    I love butternut squash! It is my favorite winter quash and I roast them up all the time. This crostini is SO my thing!

  11. Lêonie Not Specified Not Specified

    Roombas are great. Ours refuses to go over the black spots on our carpet because it thinks they’re holes, and periodically devours its own charge cord. It’s like a neurotic little robot pet that also cleans things. Also, yum. I’d try with fresh cranberries, because tart is delicious, although that might need a touch of honey or similar for balance. Oh, possibilities.

  12. Sarah Crowder (punctuated. with food) Not Specified Not Specified

    Ooooh love the hazelnuts idea too!

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  14. Brittany Not Specified Not Specified

    Way to conquer that Roomba! These look amaaaaazing – <3 the perfect fall flavor combo!

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  16. Tammela Not Specified Not Specified

    Pretty!

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  18. Gourmet Creations Not Specified Not Specified

    THIS IS DELICIOUS!

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  20. DiAnn M Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks increadible… So much so that I’m going to try it right now!! Am I assuming correctly that the cubed squash is not pre-roasted and will cook to the appropriate texture within 12-13 minutes time? What is the intended texture of the squash? It clearly will not look as beautiful if too soft.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi Diann! Yes, the squash is totally raw before you toss it into your pan. I dice it small enough that it cooks through completely…the texture is usually soft with the ever so slightest bite to it. Good luck!

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  27. Karen @ The Food Charlatan Not Specified Not Specified

    Um, amazing. Simply amazing. That’s what these crostinis are. I love goat cheese! And I love fall! What a great mash-up. We loved these, thank you so much for a great recipe. I blogged about it over here: http://thefoodcharlatan.com/2013/11/25/butternut-squash-cranberry-and-goat-cheese-crostini-and-how-to-chop-a-butternut-squash/

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  39. Kelly Not Specified Not Specified

    Can these be served at room temp or do they need to be warm??!?

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  41. Christina Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks absolutely delicious!
    Any thoughts on making this the night before and bringing them to an office party the next day?
    Thanks!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I think that would be totally fine, I would just assemble them a few minutes before you want to serve them!

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