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Tired of the usual bland artichoke and spinach dip, aka mundane holiday appetizers served everywhere?  Feast on this: Chef Craig Richards from La Tovola restaurant in Atlanta shares a creative in season Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday recipe your guests will love:   A warm pear and squash bruschetta with sourdough  bread, topped with slices of savory cheese.    Enjoy!

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Pear and Squash Bruschetta

Chef Craig Richards

12-14 pieces, serving 6-12 people

1 butternut squash (1-1/2 pounds)
2 yellow onions (1 pound), coarsely chopped
2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
4 sage leaves
3 ripe pears, cored and cut into half-inch cubes (we love the Bosc variety)
1/2 pound loaf sourdough bread
1/4 pound smoked ricotta or smoked mozzarella cheese
Pumpkin seed oil or extra virgin olive oil

Peel squash. Combine squash trimmings, onion and carrots in a large saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer 45 minutes or until liquid is flavorful, adding additional water to keep about 3 cups liquid in pan. Strain. Reserve liquid and discard solids.

Scrape seeds from squash and discard. Cut squash into 1/2-inch cubes. Heat olive oil and butter in a large shallow pan. Add sage and fry for 30 seconds or until crisp and fragrant. Remove sage with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towel and reserve for garnish. Add squash and pears to pan. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until just starting to brown. Add 1 cup of the squash stock and cook until reduced. Repeat, using about 3 cups stock. Pears and squash should be soft but still hold shape. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, slice bread into 1/2-inch slices. Toast in 350ºF oven until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Spoon about ¼ cup warm pear-squash mixture onto each bruschetta. Using a vegetable peeler, make ribbons of cheese and place on top of each. Drizzle with pumpkin seed or olive oil if desired. Garnish servings with fried sage.

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As we mentioned in this Wild Salmon with a Cranberry Compote post, a compote is simply fresh or dried fruit simmered with sugar to a syrupy consistency. In this simple video restaurant recipe, the chef prepares a Caramelized Cranberry Compote using only four ingredients: dried cranberries, brown sugar, rosemary, and water. It can be served as a side dish, on top of squash soup or pumpkin soup, or as a topping for a leftover turkey sandwich. The chef is the talented Paul Callahan of the The Herb Lyceum at Gilson’s in Groton MA.

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Pecan and Apricot Stuffing

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Silly Foodies! Daily Blender, Average Betty, Chef John, Savory Tv, Aspen Food & Wine 2009

Our friend Tiana let us know today that we are lacking stuffing recipes on the site, a Thanksgiving staple that we have so far  sadly neglected, and even more sadly failed to notice!

A quick search of our favorite chefs led us to a video recipe of Chef John from Food Wishes,  a delicious looking Pecan and Apricot Sourdough Stuffing with Herbs, a recipe which Chef John says has a tangy sweet balance of flavor and is great not only for a holiday, but anytime of year.   View Chef John’s written recipe here.  Thank you Chef John for coming to our rescue, once again!

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