Saturday, January 8, 2011

Ino's Butternut Squash and Walnut Bruschetta

Ino was one of my favorite restaurants in New York and my first boyfriend and I would go there on a pretty regular basis. It helped that a good friend of his worked there and would sneak us delicious free dishes that sometimes were not on the menu. My favorite items were their truffled egg toast and their bruschettas (I pretty much enjoyed all of them, but their liver pate bruschetta, which was not on the menu, was my favorite. Oh but the fig one was so good too...). Anyway, this was one of them:

Butternut Squash and Walnut Bruschetta, Ino

3 cups butternut squashed, 1/2 inch cubes
3 tbs olive oil
3 tbs honey
3/4 tsp chili flakes
~0.5 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
3/4 tsp sea salt
some pepper

Mix these ingredients together and spread in single layer in a baking pan.  Bake at 400F for 10 minutes, stir the mix and bake another 15 minutes.
Cool to room temperature and eat on baguette slices or if you're like me and don't have baguettes around but do have some homemade bread around, toast up a slice.

Spread the cooled mixture atop the bread, cover with a little shaved asiago cheese (or parmiggiano reggiano in my case, bc I always have this around) and a little walnut oil.  Enjoy!

Mixture before baking

One second before devouring, the first of two slices
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