Squash Crostini With Whipped Ricotta

Recipe By:  Abbey Sharp
Squash Crostini With Whipped Ricotta
Total Time:  35 minutes
Prep Time:  20 minutes

If you’re having a hard time finding delicata squash, just substitute with acorn squash.

Ingredients

Squash

  • 1 delicata squash
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp olive oil
  • Pinch cloves
  • Salt and pepper

Whipped Ricotta & Fried Sage

  • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 multigrain French baguette, cut on bias into 1⁄2″-thick slices
  • 1 1⁄2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 tbsp whole milk (3%)
  • 1⁄4 tsp cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh sage, leaves picked
  • Fleur de sel
Directions Yield:  Serves 8 to 12

Prepare Squash

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Cut into 1⁄2″-thick half rings,then cut each piece in half again.
  3. In bowl, mix together maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Arrange squash on baking sheet and brush with maple mixture. Roast for 7 to 11 minutes, flipping once, until pieces are caramelized and tender. Set aside.

Toast Crostini And Make Whipped Ricotta

  1. Reduce oven temperature to 400°F. Arrange baguette slices on baking sheet and brush both sides with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake for about 5 minutes per side.
  2. In medium bowl, combine ricotta with milk, cinnamon and pinch each of salt and pepper, and beat with whisk until light and fluffy.

Fry Sage Sage And Assemble

  1. In medium skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Working with a few leaves at a time, add sage to pan and fry for 30 seconds, until crispy but not burnt. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate and sprinkle with fleur de sel.
  2. To serve, smear ricotta on slices of toasted baguette. Add overlapping pieces of squash, drizzle with remaining olive oil, fried sage and fleur de sel.


Photographer:
Maya Visnyei
Source:
House & Home February 2020
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