Butternut Crostini with Radicchio and Blue Cheese


Need a fancy, modern appetizer for your holiday table? Try this flavorful, flaky treat from Sara Forte of A Sprouted Kitchen.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (1 1/2) pound butternut squash

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Sea salt to taste

  • Ground black pepper to taste

  • ¼ cup creme fraiche

  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 French baguette

  • 1 medium head radicchio

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze (reduced balsamic vinegar)

  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, plus more for garnish

  • Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with Reynolds Wrap® Aluminum Foil. Set aside.

  2. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Brush the flesh with a thin coat of olive oil. Set the squash cut side up on the prepared tray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 40 minutes until the squash is fork tender. Remove to cool completely.

  3. Once cool, scoop the flesh into a bowl. Add the creme fraiche, paprika, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Mash with a fork until completely smooth. This much can be done up to three days in advance.

  4. Cut the baguette into 1/2-inch slices on a diagonal. Spread them on the second foil-lined baking sheet. Brush the tops with a thin coat of olive oil. Bake on the middle rack for 6 minutes until the edges are just browned.

  5. Cut the radicchio into thin ribbons. Toss with olive oil, balsamic glaze and a pinch of salt and pepper. Adjust seasoning and dressing to taste. Spread a couple tablespoons of the squash mash on top of each crostini. Top with the radicchio slaw and a sprinkle of blue cheese for garnish.


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Reynolds Kitchens Tip:

Line your pans with Reynolds Wrap(R) Aluminum Foil for no-mess roasting and toasting.

If you would like to make your own balsamic glaze, simply bring 2 cups of balsamic vinegar to a boil in a small, heavy saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and cook until thickened and syrupy, about 15 minutes. Add in a tablespoon of honey or brown sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

275 Calories
10g Fat
36g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 591mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 232mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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