Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese, and Walnut Dip

Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall ingredients. I love using it so much that I actually created a squash tag for my blog. There’s a lot of good stuff in there.

You might notice a trend that most butternut squash recipes also feature goat cheese. I’m not sure what it is about that combination, but the pair so nicely together. It has to be the sweetness from the squash and the tanginess from the cheese.

I made this dip for a get-together with friends after getting a HUGE butternut squash in our CSA box one week. I had roasted the squash ahead of time and used it in a variety of recipes.

I did have to process this in the blender for quite some time to yield the super smooth texture that I was hoping for. If you wanted it more chunky, you could definitely leave it that way.

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Four Years Ago: Butternut Squash Soup in Crockpot and Shipping Cupcakes in a Jar
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Butternut Squash, Goat Cheese, and Walnut Dip

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash, (about 1.5 lbs)
cooking spray
1 head garlic
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
3 oz goat cheese
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
36 slices french bread baguette, 1/2 inch thick, toasted

Directions:

Preheat to 400.

Cut squash in 1/2 lengthwise, discard seeds.

Put squash cut side down on foil-lined jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray.

Remove papery skin from garlic but do not peel or separate cloves. wrap in foil. put on pan with squash. Bake at 400 for 30 min until squash is tender. scoop out pulp & discard skin. separate garlic cloves, squeeze to extract pulp, discard skins.

Place squash, garlic, salt & juice & cheese in food processor & process til smooth. spoon into bowl & sprinkle with nuts. serve with baguette slices.

Recipe from Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen, originally from Cooking Light

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    Sabina — January 17, 2014 at 10:59 am

    I love pomegranate so much ♥

    • beantownbaker — January 18th, 2014 @ 9:03 am

      Isn’t it awesome. It makes me so sad when my store doesn’t have any…

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — January 18, 2014 at 6:30 am

    I’ve never had a cheeseball before! This one looks like the perfect entry – gorgeous!

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    Melissa Loh — January 23, 2014 at 6:38 am

    All those pomegranate seeds look like little jewels on the cheese ball! And to think cheese balls have sorta become unfashionable in recent years.

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

      I agree, and there’s no reason for it! Especially with how pretty this cheeseball is.

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    Shannon — February 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

    this sounds delicious, and i love that it’s studded with those gems of pomegranate seeds 🙂

    • beantownbaker — February 8th, 2014 @ 11:58 am

      Pom seeds are my favorite. I’m so sad that I can’t find pomegranates around me anymore. The containers of just the seeds are not the same…

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