WINTER SQUASH DIP
Roasted butternut squash combined with garlic, scallions, smoky chipotle chiles, cream cheese, sour cream and Parmesan. Its been a hit ever since I laid eyes on this recipe in the fall of 2007! It is a definite crowd pleaser and I guarantee you will always get asked for the recipe. I just brought this to a birthday wine tasting this past weekend and my friend Peter ordered one to be picked up the Wednesday night before thanksgiving! It’s great to make ahead and serve with a holiday cocktail, wine, or prosecco when your guests first arrive. For a festive presentation, serve this appetizer in a large, round, hollowed-out squash, such as a turban. Enjoy this recipe for Thanksgiving or any of your winter festivities!
Makes 6 cups
· 1 winter squash (about 2 pounds), such as butternut or turban, unpeeled, seeded, and cut into 3-inch pieces
· Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
· Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
· 2 heads garlic, tops cut off to expose cloves
· 1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
· 8 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, sliced 1 inch thick
· 2 chipotle chiles (canned in adobo sauce)
· 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
· 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
· 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese (about 4 ounces)
· 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
· Paprika, for sprinkling
· Roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), for garnish
· Breadsticks, for dipping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place squash on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss. Spread squash in a single layer. Place garlic on a piece of parchment-lined foil. Drizzle with oil, and wrap loosely. Place on baking sheet with squash. Bake until squash is soft and golden brown, about 50 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add scallions, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.
Scoop flesh from squash, and transfer to a food processor. Squeeze garlic from skins, and add to squash. Add scallions and chipotles, and pulse until smooth. Add remaining 6 tablespoons butter, the sour cream, cream cheese, Parmesan, and lemon juice, and pulse until just combined but not smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour into a hollowed-out squash or a serving bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Sprinkle with paprika, and garnish with pepitas. Serve with breadsticks.