This elegant, but easy to execute Ginger Butternut Squash Bread is a beautiful, delicious, and lighter appetizer. Butternut squash can be prepped in advance to make assembly a breeze.
Butternut squash is one of my favorite winter vegetables. It's something that I've really only begun to like as an adult. I can't actually remember eating it as a kid.
Since discovering this love, each fall when it comes back into season, I look for new healthy butternut squash recipes to enjoy it more often. Last year while going through this process, I thought it would be awesome to find a way to enjoy mashed butternut squash in an appetizer. I couldn't find much on the ole internet so I set out to create my own.
You could call this creation butternut squash bruschetta or butternut squash crostini as it's in all of those zones. Whatever you decide, you will definitely call it delicious.
The ingredients are pretty simple: butternut squash, roasted garlic, cannellini beans, ginger, bread, pomegranate arils, feta and sage leaves. It all comes together so beautifully and makes it perfect for the holidays, I think.
Prep ahead to save time
Save yourself some time in this recipe by making the mashed butternut squash a day ahead of time. Just warm it up a little before spreading on the bread.
If you've never fried a sage leaf before (as I had never done), here's some advice. When the recipe says fry for 2 seconds, I literally mean 2 seconds. Sage goes from crisp to burned very quickly. I suggest doing one leaf at a time or throwing a few in together and pulling out together. I used a slotted spoon to retrieve the leaves, but a skimmer is ideal.
Other Appetizer Ideas
If you are on the hunt for other healthy-ish appetizers, I've got you covered. Here's a few of my favorites.
Roasted Okra appetizer with Smoky Red Pepper Ricotta
And now, back to the Ginger Butternut Squash Bread. Here's how you make it.Print
If you have made it all the way to the end of this post, thank you for reading! I want to leave you one last link to an encouraging post about navigating tempting foods. Because if you are looking for a party appetizer then you may be throwing a party and you may be thinking about healthy eating in the midst of it.
A few years ago, I wrote a post about How to Not Eat that Brownie in the Break Room, and it applies to this situation as well. Check it out and I hope it's encouraging.