Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Ricotta and Honey

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Butternut squash bruschetta is the perfect fall or winter appetizer.  Slices of toasted bread are topped with a creamy mix of ricotta, honey, and browned butter, then a generous heap of roasted butternut squash, and drizzled with honey.  This butternut squash appetizer is easy to prep ahead of your party, and the amazing flavors will wow your guests.

Butternut squash bruschetta with mascarpone, browned butter, and honey, on a white plate.

Butternut squash is in season during the fall and winter, so this butternut squash bruschetta is the perfect appetizer to serve at all your parties from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve.

three slices of Butternut squash bruschetta with mascarpone, browned butter, and honey, on a white plate.

You can make the elements of the bruschetta several days ahead of your party, and just assemble them at the last minute.  That's always an important consideration for holiday entertaining.

Ingredients for Butternut Squash Bruschetta on a white wooden surface.

Butternut Squash Bruschetta Ingredients:

  • Roasted butternut squash, cut into small cubes
  • baguette, sliced and toasted
  • 1 Tablespoon browned butter
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • more honey to drizzle

Fresh butternut squash, cut and ready to be roasted to make a butternut squash appetizer.

The first step in making butternut squash bruschetta is roasting the butternut squash.  I like to have a pretty fine dice to my squash when I roast it.  I like the extra bits of browned surface area, and the smaller size lends itself nicely to being used for bruschetta or being tossed in salads.

Sheet pan of roasted butternut squash with browned butter and herbs.

I have a whole blog post and recipe for roasted butternut squash with browned butter and herbs.  You can roast your squash up to several days ahead of when you need it for the bruschetta.  Store in the refrigerator, and heat it or let it come to room temperature when you're ready to use it for the bruschetta.

Small saucepan full of browned butter, surrounded by fresh herbs.

Browned butter makes everything more delicious!  And even though the roasted butternut squash is already tossed in browned butter, I wanted to infuse some of that flavor into the ricotta spread for my butternut squash bruschetta.  Reserve about one Tablespoon of the browned butter from roasting the butternut squash for the bruschetta.

Sliced baguette on a cutting board, ready for making Butternut Squash Bruschetta

Slice a baguette, and toast the slices for a couple minutes under the broiler in your oven.  

Slices of bread ready to be toasted for Butternut Squash Bruschetta on a baking pan.

Watch carefully--you just want the bread toasted, and it can burn quickly!

Butternut squash bruschetta on a white plate, surrounded by fresh herbs and a butternut squash.

Combine the ricotta, one Tablespoon of honey, and one Tablespoon of browned butter in a bowl.  Mix together until well combined.  No need to bring out a mixer for this job; it's easy to do by hand with a spatula and a bowl.

Butternut squash appetizers on a white plate, surrounded by a butternut squash and fresh herbs.

Spread the toast slices with the ricotta mixture, top with a generous heap of roasted butternut squash, and drizzle extra honey on top.

Butternut Squash Bruschetta on a white plate, surrounded by fresh herbs.

The natural sweetness from the butternut squash and the honey pairs gorgeously with the tang of the ricotta and the deep, rich flavors added by the herbs and browned butter.  This is my new favorite fall and winter appetizer!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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