Roasted Butternut Squash and Ricotta Crostini

By Jennifer Fujita on August 2nd, 2023
Roasted Butternut Squash and Ricotta Crostini 0

Roasted Butternut Squash and Ricotta Crostini is just right when you want a plate of fall gorgeousness that doesn’t take much work to put together. A hint of cayenne gives butternut squash and maple topping a bit of heat, creamy ricotta makes it extra satisfying, and fresh sage says “fall is here.” Add this holiday recipe to your “take to every party” list.

Yield: 12 appetizers

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Ricotta Crostini 0


  • 1 2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into ½” cubes (about 3 ½ cups)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • ⅛ - ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (season to taste)
  • 2 dozen fresh sage leaves
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 large baguette, cut into 12 slices
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Mix 2 tablespoons of the olive oil with the maple syrup and cayenne pepper in a large bowl. Add the squash and toss to coat evenly.
  3. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until squash is tender and light brown. Set aside to cool.
  4. Heat the remaining oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Sautee the sage leaves in two batches, removing them to drain on paper towels after 1-2 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, toast each baguette slice lightly under broiler.
  6. To serve, spread each slice with ricotta, add a few cubes of squash, and top with a sage leaf.

Jennifer Fujita

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Artistic style: Easy peasy
Inspiration: A family of good cooks and big eaters!
Happy place: Cooking in my kitchen with the music blaring.
Favourite project or work of art: Any art you can eat