Butternut squash, apple, and onion are simmered together, then pureed with spiced red wine, mixed with cranberry juice-reconstituted raisins, and topped with creamy fresh goat cheese. Try using a combination of regular and golden raisins, or Craisins(R). This dish is sure to make an elegant accoutrement!



Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified


  • Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion in hot butter until translucent and soft, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir butternut squash, apples, and 1 cup water into onion mixture. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer until apples are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Pour squash mixture into a blender no more than half full. Cover and hold lid down; pulse a few times before leaving on to blend. Puree in batches until smooth. Transfer puree to a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Stir wine, cranberry juice, and 1/2 cup water together in a saucepan. Bring wine mixture to a boil; add mulling spices, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 minutes. Add raisins and simmer until plumped, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard wine mixture.

  • Stir raisins into squash puree and top with goat cheese.

Nutrition Facts

205 calories; 6.8 g total fat; 17 mg cholesterol; 112 mg sodium. 30 g carbohydrates; 5.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
I used golden raisins but would use Craisins in the future. There's one confusing step to this recipe which was a bit of pain to correct. In step #3 it says to "drain and discard wine mixture " but I think this should read "drain and discard mulling spices." You want that reduced wine mixture and those infused raisins but not the mulling spice mixture (it's already done its job). Should have used my head but I added the mulling spices to the wine and raisin mixture and when I realized that there were things in that mulling spice that might break a tooth I had to go through and pick all of the pieces of the cinnamon stick star anise etc. (all those hard things)....aaaargh! Think what you need to do is put the mulling spices in a cheesecloth bag and tie up or even better if you have a tea strainer use that. This part was a hassle but on the positive side it does taste good. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
I found the directions confusing I wish they would be broken down into more steps. my raisins did not turn out very well at all. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Much enjoyed on thanksgiving I would recommend this. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy recipe. Be careful not to overlook and don’t use all the water from the vegetable apple mix when pureeing. You can always add more in later but it made mine very soupy. I used red cooking wine, cranberry juice water cinnamon cloves and nutmeg and cooked cranberries. I don’t like raisins. They tasted grate. I sprinkled feta cheese instead. I’m using it for Thanksgiving tomorrow and will have to bake it in the oven and hopefully cook out some of the soupiness. Read More