Two for Tuesdays! Brandy and Emily worked together to provide you the perfect cocktail and appetizer for any chilly evening in front of the fire.
We hope you love it.
Can I talk about how thrilled I am to be sharing a fall recipe with you? Especially when it's these sweet and savory Butternut Squash Tartines. The butternut squash is roasted with maple syrup, rosemary and pears to create the perfect fall combination.
Fall is by far my favorite season, with its crisp air, wooly sweaters and warm mugs of spiced apple cider, it's truly the highlight of my year. One of my favorite things about fall, however, is the abundance of squash that floods the markets - my favorite being butternut squash.
I love butternut squash for its sweet flavor and versatility in the kitchen. It can be roasted for a simple side dish, pureed into soups and even used in desserts, like my Chocolate Harvest Pie.
This recipe for Butternut Squash Tartines is a combination of several of my favorite fall dishes. I grew up eating my mom's Squash Apple Bake that she would make with acorn squash and sweet, tart apples spiced with cinnamon. For this recipe, I decided to swap out the acorn squash for butternut and the apples for pears to put a different spin on my family's classic.
The combination of ricotta cheese and the roasted squash was inspired by a fantastic breakfast treat that my mother-in-law taught me. A few years back, she made me the most delicious English muffin that she topped with ricotta cheese and pumpkin butter and then broiled until it was warm and bubbly. I was smitten, and have been making that ever since.
I wanted to take these two family favorites, mix them up and create the perfect fall appetizer - and I'm pretty sure I did! The sweetness from the maple syrup and pears play off of the rosemary, bubbly ricotta and crunchy hazelnuts in a satisfying combination of flavors and textures. Pair this with a lovely autumn cocktail and you have yourself an instant party! Just don't forget your sweater!
Today we start a new feature on Food Fanatic – Two for Tuesdays. You’ll love Brandy's Pear Vodka Cocktail to go with Emily’s Butternut Squash Tartines. Come back at 2 o'clock for the recipe.
Let’s make Tuesday something to remember!
Throwing a party? Serve Emily's Old Bay Chex Mix Recipe too.