Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Brushcetta with Bacon & Cranberries

Butternut & Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Bacon & Cranberries As I was roasting squash for my salad the other day, I was also keeping in mind the fall bash at our friends Izzy & Megan’s home that night, so I saved out a cup and a half of squash cubes for this festive little app. I ran across the original recipe at Spoon, Fork, Bacon and thought it looked lovely. To make it a little more my own, I added bacon and I also used apple cider to help steam-cook the squash in the pan.

Everyone at the party raved about it. The goat cheese provides a tangy background to the sweetness from the squash and cranberries, and the bacon provides just enough saltiness to make this sweet and savory appetizer pure fall perfection. I’ll be making it again soon!

Butternut Squash & Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Bacon & Cranberries
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Ingredients
  1. One French Baguette, sliced and toasted
  2. 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
  3. 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  4. 1/4 t. salt
  5. 2 slices bacon, chopped
  6. 1 T. olive oil
  7. 1 shallot, finely diced
  8. 1 1/2 c. butternut squash, peeled and diced
  9. 1/2 c. dried cranberries, roughly chopped
  10. 1/3 c. apple cider
  11. 1/2 t. dried thyme
  12. salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon, stirring often until crisp. Remove bacon pieces to drain on a paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Add olive oil to the bacon drippings in the pan, add the shallot and cook for about 1 minute. Add the squash and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  3. Add cranberries and apple cider, allow to simmer for another 5-8 minutes, until squash is fork tender.
  4. Stir in thyme and season with salt. Remove mixture from heat and stir in bacon crumbles.
  5. Allow the cooked squash and cranberry topping to cool to room temperature.
  6. Using a mixer, whip together the goat cheese, cream cheese and salt.
  7. Serve toasted baguette slices topped with a smear of the whipped goat cheese and about a tablespoon of the squash, cranberry and bacon topping.
Adapted from Spoon, Fork, Bacon
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