Butternut Squash, Leek and Ricotta Toast


It's fall!  My house has vomited up Halloween decorations!  I'm not sure if there is anything more satisfying in this world than the $1 bin at Target.  Are you with me?  Well, maybe this appetizer that I sort of made up last night.  I could eat ricotta on crusty bread any day, but add roasted butternut squash and caramelized leeks and a drizzle of balsamic glaze??  I could REALLY eat that.  I mean, I did really eat that.  Last night.  I ate a lot of it.  It's the perfect appetizer for your next cozy get together.  You know the kind, where you're all wearing chunky sweaters and drinking warm cider around a fire and stressing about how Christmas is right around the corner.    

Butternut Squash, Leek and Ricotta Toast
Makes about 10
Printable Recipe

1 cup diced butternut squash
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 leek, sliced
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
Small baguette, sliced
Balsamic glaze

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place butternut squash on baking sheet, and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Place sliced bread on another baking sheet.  Put both pans in the oven, and roast squash for 10-15 minutes and bread for about 10, flipping once to prevent burning.  Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in a small skillet.  Add sliced leeks and season with salt and pepper.  Saute for 10-15 minutes, until leeks begin to caramelize.  Set aside.  To assemble, spread ricotta on each slice of bread.  Top with some leeks and butternut squash.  Drizzle everything with balsamic glaze and sprinkle with some coarse or flaked salt.



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