Squash and Cheese Dip
Mill City Cooks

Squash and Cheese Dip

By: Beth Jones

This crowd-pleasing recipe for Squash and Cheese Dip calls for Red Kuri squash (pictured below) and is a great way to get to know a new variety of winter squash that can be found at the farmers market. Red Kuri is medium-sized, reddish orange hard-skinned squash with a sweet and nutty taste. Recipe makes about 4 cups.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-large butternut, red kuri or other medium size sweet squash, washed and cut in half lengthwise, seeds scooped out
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 cup grated Burr Oak or Fresiago cheese from Shepherd’s Way Farm
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup cream (optional)
  • Sliced carrots, radishes, beets, broccoli, other seasonal vegetables or fresh bread, for serving

Method

Preheat the oven to 425. Rub each half of the squash, inside and out, with a teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut-side down on a baking sheet, on top of the thyme sprigs. Roast until a fork poked into the non-hollow end of the squash slides in easily, about 45 minutes.

While the squash is roasting, heat the extra tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saute pan. Cook the onions until well caramelized and soft, and set aside.

When the squash has cooled, scoop out the flesh and mash roughly with a fork. Add the cheese, the leaves from the roasted thyme sprigs, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in the cream and caramelized onions.

Scoop into a shallow oven-safe ceramic or glass dish, top with more cheese and bake for 8-10 minutes. Serve with seasonal veggies or fresh bread for dipping.

Red Kuri Squash and Cheese Dip

Red Curi Squash from Prairie Hollow Farm

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Burr Oak aged sheep milk cheese from Shepherd’s Way Farm

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