Delicious and flexible, pumpkin is a highlight of the autumn season, well beyond the shelf life of the pumpkin spice latte.
During the holiday season, canned or fresh pumpkin is a great way to add a rich, creamy texture to your favorite hors-d’oeuvres. Pumpkin walnut crostini is a healthy twist on a simple starter that blends seasonal flavors with simple nutrition.
The nutrition team at Guiding Stars, an organization that helps take the guesswork out of making healthy food choices, suggests using canned pumpkin purée for a faster preparation, or use your favorite nuts to change the flavor up. You can customize your crostini by mixing up your choice of fresh herbs.
- 2 pounds fresh pumpkin, roasted
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ medium onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, minced
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ cup walnuts, toasted and minced
- ⅓ cup Asiago cheese, grated
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 whole-wheat baguette, thinly sliced
- Puree squash.
- Over medium heat, sauté onion in 1 tablespoon oil until lightly caramelized.
- Add the cooked onion, mint, nutmeg, walnuts, cheese, 1 tablespoon olive oil to squash and puree.
- Spread mix over baguette slices. Garnish with additional fresh mint and serve warm.