Butternut goat cheese spread on a crostini with nuts on top.
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Butternut, Goat Cheese & Walnut Spread

This is the second time I’ve made this appetizer – it’s really rich and delicious! The roasted garlic and squash give it great flavor, and the goat cheese makes it super creamy. I was out of walnuts, so I used pecans this time. I’m not sure where I originally found this recipe, so if anyone knows the source, please let me know! I’d love to give credit where it’s due. This is a really great recipe!

Butternut goat cheese spread on a crostini with nuts on top.

Butternut, Goat Cheese & Walnut Spread
Cooking Light November 2003

1 medium butternut squash, (about 1.5 lbs)
cooking spray
1 head garlic
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
3 ounces goat cheese
¼ cup walnuts, chopped
36 slices french bread baguette, 1/2 inch thick, toasted

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.

12 Servings.

Nutritional notes:
Serving size 2.5 TB spread, 3 baguette slices.
114 calories, fat 3.5 gms

MacGourmet Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Ashley

    It really holds up well for leftovers, too. I like warming it up a bit before eating it, though. It’s not as good straight out of the fridge.

  • Jen

    I just posted this on my blog today – so good! http://www.beantownbaker.com/2012/11/butternut-squash-goat-cheese-and-walnut.html

    Also, my friend tells me this is a Cooking Light recipe. I know you said you didn’t know where it was from. Here you go: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/butternut-goat-cheese-walnut-spread-10000000549952/

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