Roasted Butternut Squash Filled with Port-Soaked Fruit

To eat this fun starter, top a slice of toasted bread with a slice of white cheddar, then scoop some of the fruit mixture and the roasted squash (right out of its skin!) onto the toast.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 18 mins to 19 mins
  • Roast: 33 mins to 35 mins 425°F
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Roasted Butternut Squash Filled with Port-Soaked Fruit
Nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
tablespoon olive oil
teaspoon salt
cups port wine or pomegranate juice
cup red wine vinegar
cup sugar
cup dried apricots, chopped
cup dried tart cherries, chopped
cup salted whole almonds, chopped
Aged white cheddar cheese or Gruyere cheese, shaved
Toasted baguette slices
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Rub squash halves with oil then sprinkle cut side with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place squash, cut side down on prepared baking sheet. Roast until easily pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, 33 to 35 minutes. Transfer to a platter, cut side up.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan combine the port wine, vinegar, sugar, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bring mixture to boiling over medium-high heat and cook, uncovered, 4 minutes. Add the apricots and cherries. Remove from heat; let stand 10 minutes. Remove fruit from saucepan with a slotted spoon; set aside. Return saucepan to the stove over medium-high heat. Bring port mixture to boiling; cook until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and reduced to about 1/2 cup; about 14 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the fruit mixture and nuts. Season to taste with salt and ground black pepper.
  4. Spoon fruit mixture into squash. Place any remaning mixture in a serving bowl.
  5. To serve, place shaved cheese on baguette slices. Spoon on squash and fruit mixture. Makes 6 servings.
Nutrition Facts (Roasted Butternut Squash Filled with Port-Soaked Fruit)
    Per serving:
  • 566 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (4 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 7 g monounsatured fat),
  • 20 mg chol.,
  • 715 mg sodium,
  • 80 g carb.,
  • 7 g fiber,
  • 30 g sugar,
  • 13 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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