Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chic Thanksgiving Winter Squash Dip Appetizer

I always buy winter squash.  I love the way they look they just say Fall without saying anything at all.  One of my favorite Christmas recipes is Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash, I might have to share that one with you lovelies later.  For now, look at this awesome Thanksgiving dip recipe.  What beautiful presentation.  I love the natural look of this and what an impressive dish to bring to Thanksgiving and share.  Total Napa style!  Love it!

This one comes from our good friend Martha Stewart. I guess we have finally forgiven her for our hilarious Martha wedding day faux pas.

Makes about 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
1. 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.

2. Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add scallions, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.

3. 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.

4. Pour into a hollowed-out squash or a serving bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Sprinkle with paprika, and garnish with pepitas. Serve with breadsticks.

3 comments on "Chic Thanksgiving Winter Squash Dip Appetizer"

jociegal on November 17, 2010 at 2:58 PM said...

That sounds SOOOOO good. SO good. I too am a huge lover of winter squash and I love this presentation! Another Martha tip I love is making pumpkin soup and actually serving the soup in a carved out pumpkin. Genius.

Ma What's 4 dinner on November 19, 2010 at 5:12 AM said...

Oh that sounds so fantastic I can't even begin to put it into words. And I'm dying to hear about that squash one. Can you send me that recipe? I'd love to feature it on my site!!!!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Jill on November 22, 2010 at 6:25 PM said...

Wow! That looks gorgeous and I might even be able to manage it!

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