With Halloween coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to come up with a fun appetizer. Last year, I made a pumpkin dip for the Halloween party we attended but everyone thought it was hummus, so it was untouched most of the night.
I guess because hummus is something a lot of us eat on the reg, it wasn’t as exciting to try at a party.

Well, not this year! I am making something that people will HAVE to try and these little guys are perfect for just that. They look pretty fancy, so you are sure to impress your friends at your next party. ​

These things are seriously delicious! I’ll be honest, when I took the first bite, I was actually shocked by how tasty they turned out.

The squash is sweet, balanced with the tangy craisin, plus the crunch of the almond. The contrast of flavors and textures is what really make food so satisfying.

The cream cheese and crostini tie it all together!

So good.

Enough talking, let’s get cooking!

​Roasted Butternut Squash, Craisin and Almond Crostini

Ingredients

  • 1 french baguette
  • 1 large butternut squash peeled/seeded, cut in small cubes
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese you may end up using more
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds unsalted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Peel and remove seeds from squash. Cut into small cubes, about 1/2 inch in size. Do your best to make the cubes similar in size, to ensure even cooking.
  • Toss squash with brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and olive oil. Evenly coat and place on baking sheet. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until the squash is cooked and slightly caramelized.
  • Once it is fully cooked, place in dish and allow to cool in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Set oven to broil on high. Slice baguette into thin slices, about 1-2cm. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Broil for 3 minutes, until the top of the slices are golden.
  • Time to assemble -- mix squash with craisins and almonds. Thinly spread cream cheese on crostini slices. Top with about 1 tbsp of squash mixture.
  • Take a bite and enjoy! ​

There you have it! So simple, easy to make and is sure to impress.

You can also try to substitute the almonds with a different kind of nut, or even a seed like pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. You really just want something kind of crunchy and maybe slightly salty.

You can also substitute the baguette slices for a cracker, or maybe something sweeter like graham crackers.

However you do it, make it how you love it.

As always, hope you enjoy!

Lots of LOVE,
Eva