Squash Bruschetta with White Balsamic Vinegar

cuisine American
difficulty Simple
season Fall
serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

1 sugar pumpkin, cut in half, rind and seeds removed Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 loaf of French baguette, sliced Olive oil 4 ounces shaved Parmesan cheese 4 spring onions, chopped 10 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar, reduced to 4 tablespoons 6 tablespoons Maldon Sea Salt Flakes pine nuts, toasted Maldon Sea Salt Flakes

Directions

  1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2.  Chop pumpkin into small bite sized 1/4 inch cubes. Place pumpkin cubes on a baking sheet pan. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper, toss cubes with a bit of olive oil and place baking sheet in oven until tender, about 20 minutes.
  3.  Place the pine nuts in a SMALL SKILLET and toast over medium low until golden brown.
  4.  Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet pan and drizzle the slices with olive oil. Toast in the oven until crispy, about 8 minutes.
  5.  Transfer the bread to a SERVING PLATTER.
  6.  Place a spoonful of pumpkin on the bread. Add a couple of pieces of the shaved Parmesan, and a few pine nuts and a sprinkling of the spring onions. Drizzle with the white balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with a few flakes of Maldon sea salt.

Kitchen Notes

Most supermarkets will slice baguettes on their industrial bread slicers--saving time and making uniform slices. Cutting the pumpkin into tiny dice makes it easier to eat. Check the squash often while roasting as it may cook more quickly depending on the oven and water content of the squash. Any leftover squash is wonderful tossed with pasta, a bit of brown butter seasoned with chopped fresh sage, a splash of golden balsamic and a sprinkling of parmesan.