Thanksgiving is only TWO weeks away, so Butternut Squash and Pear Crostini are coming to you right on time.
Ever since Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli was posted a few weeks ago, I cannot get it out of my mind. I’ve been obsessing over the creamy, comforting, herb-a-licious filing, looking for any way to use it.
Which brings us to right here and now, with the best kind of appetizer there is: crostini.
With the best fall spread… cheese… herbs… and pears. The best, of the best, of the best. Are you ready for this?
Steps to Making Butternut Squash & Pear Crostini
- Step 1: Roast the butternut squash. Everything is better roasted. Then mixed with garlic, parmesan, thyme, and nutmeg.
- P.S. If you have leftover filling from the ravioli – USE IT! If not, I’d highly suggest making extra butternut squash filling/layer so you can have two amazing fall recipes for the work of one!
- Step 2: Fresh baguette. Olive oil. Salt. Pepper. –> into the oven they go to get nice and crisp. After a few minutes of browning, on goes the white cheddar cheese. Back in the oven to get melty.
- Step 3: Layer. Onto the cheesy, melty, crostini goes the butternut squash mixture, a pear slice, and garnish with thyme and black pepper.
- Step 4: Place them on a serving platter, hide in the closet, eat them all yourself. Oh, but don’t forget the wine, because they are wine’s new best friend.
Let’s talk about these pairings though… the sharp white cheddar cheese coupled with the butternut squash mix is heaven. It’s a yin-yang of sharp, slightly pungent cheese with sweet, warm, and comforting flavors.
Then the pear… oh, the pear. The contrast of textures – crisp bread, melty cheese, soft spread, and then the pear… slightly soft, with a bit of bite. It adds to the yin-yang of flavors, too, adding to the slight sweetness.
You’re going to love all of these fall flavors in EACH and EVERY bite!