Butternut Squash, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Crostini

Welcome to Day #1 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!

And for my first recipe for #AppetizerWeek, I’m bringing you an appetizer that is easy enough to throw together before the big game, but is elegant enough for a special Valentine’s Day dinner or an Oscars party hors d’oeurves. You’ll deserve an Academy Award or a trophy for these gorgeous and delicious Butternut Squash, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Crostini. Add a little drizzle of a reduced balsamic vinegar syrup to put them completely over the top.

Butternut Squash, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Crostini

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OK, OK, you’ve caught me. I did the butternut squash and pomegranate thing again. Quinoa, salad, and now these lovely little toasts. But I just can’t get over the color combination. Believe it or not, I have an orange kitchen, so I just love the color of those little cubes of roasted butternut squash. Add little jewels of pomegranate (plus that but of crunch and tartness) and I can’t help myself. Then goat cheese. Forget it. The addition of sweet, syrupy aged or reduced balsamic vinegar just puts it over the top.

Plus the day I went grocery shopping, I swear they only had the biggest butternut squash everrrrrr.

I love these little toasts. Soooo tasty. And the different flavors and textures. It’s really a special little hors d’oeurves. If you have just part of your butternut squash left and are just making an hors d’oeurves for as dinner party, then just pick up a ciabatta roll and slice it up. If you need to feed the whole team, get an entire baguette. I’m leaving the quantities in the recipe pretty loose for this reason.

And really, once you’ve taken the time to break down the butternut squash, it couldn’t be easier to put these Butternut Squash, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Crostini together. You could literally be throwing them together as your guests are coming up the driveway.

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Our sponsor for Day 1 of Appetizer Week is OXO. We are so happy they joined us today. OXO is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier. Their tools are designed with everyone in mind, they are not only efficient but they are also comfortable to use. As food bloggers we spend a ton of the kitchen and we need our tools to not only stand the test of time, but to be as user-friendly as possible. OXO tools meet all those requirements. You can follow OXO on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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And make sure you check out some more amazing #AppetizerWeek recipes at the bottom of this post.

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Butternut Squash, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Crostini
 
A simple but elegant appetizer, you'll love the colors and flavors of these Butternut Squash, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Crostini.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
Specific amounts are not given as it can be adjusted based on how much you would like to make.
  • one baguette, sliced into about ½ inch think slices
  • goat cheese
  • cubes of Roasted Butternut Squash
  • pomegranate seeds
  • aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic reduction (purchased or make your own)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your broiler and place bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Place bread under the broiler for a couple of minutes until lightly toasted, then flip and toast the second side. Watch carefully so that it does not burn!
  3. Spread about 1-2 tablespoons goat cheese on each bread slice. Top with about ¼ c butternut squash cubes and a small spoonful of pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with balsamic reduction.

Enjoy!

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Love butternut squash? Try these recipes…

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Comments

  1. says

    I don’t think I could pick just ONE Oxo product. They’re all so fabulous! I have their peeler, measuring cups, microplanes. They’re all just excellent!

  2. Barbara Bradford says

    I love their peelers and hope to have every one of them. My big wish product is their Chef’s Mandoline Slicer, I think that would make life so much easier in our house.

  3. Wild Orchid says

    I love the avacado slicer!

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  4. Jackie H says

    How amazing is this giveaway. It has all the essentials and more! Could definitely use all of these, but would especially love the avocado slicer since I eat these daily.. :)

  5. Sara Staffeldt says

    I dont have any oxo products but if i had to chose it would be the food scale because we really would like one for the summer months with our garden! I would love to see how big our tomatoes are getting!

  6. Jennifer D. says

    I got the set of stainless steel mixing bowls for Christmas and I LOVE THEM! They are my new favorites and I use them exclusively now. Great bowls, perfect sizes, and the rubber on the bottom keeps them from moving everywhere when you are mixing.

  7. bridget says

    I love OXO products- it’s a brand I trust and swear by. But my favorite OXO product is my swivel vegetable peeler. It’s comfortable, has a comfortable grip, and is sharp enough to peel everything I use it on. I’ve been breaking down lots of thick-skinned winter squashes for years now, and it’s showing no wear and tear.

  8. Holly F says

    I love OXO products. I used to work at Organized Living once upon a time and really miss all the organizing products and helping people get organized.

  9. Kellie Anderson says

    I would have to say the food scales I have one and I use it everyday day almost. I don’t know what I did with out scales before I got one!!

  10. Danielle K says

    I had never heard of oxo until now but all the products look great! I know the avocado slicer would be a great product to have since we eat a lot of avocados :)

  11. Robyn Conners says

    This looks so good! Thanks for doing a goat cheese recipe as I am allergic to milk and cannot do dairy. I always change recipes to suit my needs, but nice to not have to think about what and how to change something. As for Oxo products…I love the angled measuring cups. I need to get the avocado slicer thingy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Lauren says

    I could definitely use some kitchenware! Also, I am planning on making the butternut squash crostini appetizer, looks so delicious!

  13. says

    I think that this Recipe would taste really good, can’t wait to try it. You always need other ways to try sprucing up you Veggies anyway. It has Ingredients that I like. — And those Kitchen tools look Fabulous!!

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