Roasted Butternut Squash Wonton Bites

Starters | December 6, 2016 | By

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Came across this seasonal recipe on Food & Wine’s website recently and knew I had to transform it into an Asian-style wonton for the holidays!  It’s our twist on a butternut squash ravioli, combining the sweetness of the roasted butternut squash and garlic with the delicate heat from Asian spices.  Fresh wontons sure beat the frozen-in-the-bag version!  I served this up at Thanksgiving for a truly unique appetizer and they were “gobbled” up in minutes (no pun intended!).  Dazzle your party guests and make this at home for your upcoming holiday party!  

Place the stuffed wonton wrappers on a baking sheet before steaming.

wontons-on-tray_600x400Steam the wontons in a bamboo steamer or stove-top steaming insert.

wontons-in-steamer_600x400Fry the wontons in a skillet after steaming, and serve warm!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Wonton Bites
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped (extra for garnish)
  • 14 wonton wrappers
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butternut squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Toss together and rearrange to a single layer on the pan.
  2. Cut off the tip of the garlic bulb and place in the middle of a sheet of aluminum foil. Fold the sides around the garlic bulb sealing at the top. Place both the baking sheet and garlic in the oven. Roast the butternut squash for about 25 minutes or until nicely browned but not burned. Roast the garlic for 45 minutes. Remove both from oven and let cool.
  3. In a medium nonstick skillet, add teaspoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the shallots about 3 minutes until softened. Set aside to cool. Wipe out the skillet.
  4. To make the filling: Squeeze out the roasted garlic from the skin into a medium mixing bowl. Add in the butternut squash, shallots, Chinese Five Spice, cayenne pepper, and basil. Mash together with a fork.
  5. To make the wontons: Using one wonton wrapper at a time, place a teaspoonful of butternut mixture into the middle of the wrapper. Using your fingertip, brush the two top sides with water and fold up to meet the top, forming a triangle. Brush the two pointed ends with water and fold the ends over each other to seal, forming a pocket. Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat with other wonton wrappers.
  6. Place the wontons in a single layer in a bamboo steamer or other stove-top steamer sprayed with cooking spray. Steam for about 10 minutes. Heat the non-stick skillet with canola oil over medium-high heat. Brown the wontons for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the wontons to a serving platter. Sprinkle with cheese and garnish with extra basil. Serve immediately.
Notes
Adapted from: Food & Wine / Butternut Squash and Sage Wontons

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Roasted Thai Butternut Squash Dip

It’s fall!  I’m definitely feeling the chill in the air, which always makes me focus on butternut squash recipes. This awesome Roasted Thai Butternut Squash Dip will rock your world!  You can use this flavorful dip with veggies, pita bread, or Indian naan bread — or just use a spoon!  Doesn’t matter, it’s that good!  It’s creamy and has a touch of heat. I even used this butternut squash dip to stuff a chicken breast.  So many options! Make it easy on yourself, buy the butternut squash already peeled and cubed so you don’t lose a finger slicing it up. Note to self!

Roasted Thai Butternut Squash Dip
 
Author:
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 5 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sambal oelek (Thai red chile paste)
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • Garnishes:
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • Chopped peanuts
  • Chips for serving
  • Cilantro for garnishing
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the squash, onion, and garlic cloves out in an even layer onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat the veggies. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the veggies are caramelized and the squash is very tender. Broil for a few minutes to make sure they are caramelized.
  3. Allow to cool slightly and then transfer everything to a food processor.
  4. Add the cream cheese, coconut milk, sambal oelek, fish sauce, and sesame oil to the food processor. Pulse to combine the ingredients. Add a little salt and pepper and then run the machine until everything is super smooth and creamy. Taste to check for seasonings.
  5. Garnish with scallions, cilantro and peanuts. Serve with your favorite chips for dipping.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at select grocery stores and specialty Asian markets.
Adapted from: http://yestoyolks.com/2015/12/18/thai-butternut-squash-dip/