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.

One Year Ago: Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies and Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas
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Three Years Ago: Baked Pork Chops with Parmesan-Sage Crust
Four Years Ago: Butternut Squash Soup in Crockpot and Shipping Cupcakes in a Jar
Five Years Ago: Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken and Pumpkin Cookies

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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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9 Responses to “Cranberry, Caramelized Onion, and Goat Cheese Dip”

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    oneordinaryday — January 11, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Bookmarked!! Sounds awesome!

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    Colleen — January 11, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    That sounds yummy! I don’t like goat cheese, but bet it would be good with feta too.

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    Julie — January 11, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful combo…except like Colleen, I’ve finally come to admit I don’t like goat cheese. Could use more cream cheese I suppose.

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    nutmegnanny — January 12, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Goat cheese is my ultimate favorite! Can’t wait to try this delicious dip 🙂

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    Colleen — January 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    This looks delicious! I can’t wait to make it! Although the cheddar cheese is throwing me off though – did it really match in flavor? Do you think something like asiago would work?

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    Jen — January 13, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I agree Colleen, the cheddar does seem out of place. In all honesty, you couldn’t taste it. The goat cheese / cream cheese mixture and caramelized onions and cranberries are all pretty prominent flavors. I’m sure any shredded cheese would be fine.

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    Colleen — February 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Just posted this – delicious! It will be one of my standards from now on!

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    Lisa Burnett — February 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    what do i do with the pecans if i choose to use them?

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    Jen — February 13, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Lisa – I’d mix them into the Cranberry mixture or layer them between the cheese and the cranberry layers.

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