Roasted Butternut Bruschetta With Lemon Oregano Ricotta

IMG_1748

This is my special autumn appetizer and an unexpected twist on the classic bruschetta. Using the seasonal butternut squash, a trilogy of fresh herbs, and some light and bright ricotta, this will become a fall favorite of everyone.

IMG_1726

Dealing with fresh herbs doesn’t have to be a tedious process. Laying the sprigs right on vegetables that are intended for roasting will still impart their flavor. I paired the butternut with thyme and the onions with rosemary.

IMG_1729

Roasted squash and caramelized onions share the common property of sweetness and work really well together.

IMG_1728

You will never look at ricotta the same. We couldn’t stay out of this dip! Oregano and lemon zest made a phenomenal union.

IMG_1750

I hope this will inspire you to try other creative, gourmet combinations of bruschetta and if so, please share!

Roasted Butternut Bruschetta With Lemon Oregano Ricotta

Charlotte Veggie

NF

Serves 6-8

 

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive oil for the squash, 1/2 tbsp for the onion, and desired amount for the bread

10-12 slices of any preferred bread (baguette, ciabatta, sourdough), lightly brushed with olive oil on both sides

1 32oz. bag of chopped butternut squash (Trader Joe’s) OR 2-3 cups chopped

1 yellow or sweet onion, diced

5-6 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried thyme)

1-2 tablespoons fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried rosemary)

1 sprig fresh oregano (about 1/4 cup leaves loosely packed) OR 1 tsp dried oregano

2-3 tsp lemon zest

15-16 oz. ricotta cheese, preferably whole milk because it’s less processed with fewer additives

Salt and pepper on hand to taste

Optional: Balsamic glaze or balsamic vinegar

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Toss butternut squash in 1 tbsp olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and scatter thyme springs on top. You do not need to remove each tiny leaf. Bake for 30 minutes.

While squash is baking, heat a pan with the 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and saute onions over medium heat until at least softened and browned. Caramelization recommended. Mix in fresh rosemary.

In a small bowl, mix together ricotta, lemon zest, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste.

Once butternut is done, throw away thyme sprigs, remove squash from cookie sheet and place in a bowl. Mixed in onions.

Lay oiled bread slices on the cookie sheet and broil on each side for 60-90 seconds watching constantly.

Remove bread from oven and assemble each bruschetta.

Serve alongside ricotta dip, putting a dollop on each toast. A drizzle of balsamic glaze really ties the sweetness together.

IMG_1751

{ 0 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts…

Fast & Furious Ranch Dressing ‘n Dip

Fast & Furious Ranch Dressing ‘n Dip

  There was a time when I had a 2 year old that had a picky palate only pacified by store bought ranch dressing. Oh how many foods he ate with the help of this popular American condiment. I tried to find the healthiest version that I could, either organic, lower in sodium, or with [...]

{ 2 comments }
Unmasking How We Do Halloween

Unmasking How We Do Halloween

I thought long and hard about bringing you some fun, healthy Halloween sweet treat recipes, but I didn't see how that would contribute to the cause towards less sugar consumption. If you peruse the internet or Pinterest, you will see all sorts of snacks like baby carrots made to look like fingers, ghost faces drawn [...]

{ 0 comments }
La Galleria 33

La Galleria 33

The North End neighborhood of Boston is the city's oldest residential area. It is famous for Italian eateries. I don't know that you can go wrong with any of them! The salads and pastas were authentic and rich at this establishment. La Galleria 33 http://lagalleria33.com 125 Salem St. Boston, MA 02113 (617)723-7233

{ 0 comments }
  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Charlotte Veggie