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Friday, October 29, 2010

Pumpkin Bruschetta with Caramelized Shallots, Apricots, Goat Cheese & Cashews



So I have to admit, making a tasty and original dish with pumpkin is a challenge. It really needs to be imparted with flavor and beautifully complimented to make a great dish.

This very tasty Pumpkin Bruschetta with Caramelized Shallots, Apricots, Goat Cheese and Cashews takes its inspiration from an amazing dish prepared by T. for a Mom & Kids Swim party this summer. My daughter (1o) decided to be a vegetarian about a year ago and has inspired a number of her friends to adopt a vegetarian diet. T., a very cool mom who used this as an opportunity to expand her culinary expertise, made an phenomenal dish of goat cheese with caramelized onions, sweet peppers, and cashews that I found completely irresistible. This pumpkin bruschetta was inspired by that dish.

I caramelized shallots with a combo of olive oil and butter. Added some white wine as they began to brown and let them do their thing. At the end of cooking, added a few drops of balsamic.

I peeled and finely diced sweet pumpkin and sauteed it with olive oil and pressed garlic and cooked until tender. Added a generous pinch of sea salt to finish it off.

I toasted some olive whole wheat bread. Combined the sauteed pumpkin, caramelized shallots, chopped apricots, crumbled goat cheese and a drop of olive oil. Topped the toasted bread with the mixture and added a drop of balsamic vinegar at the end (post photo).

This is my favorite pumpkin recipe to date. I'm planning a pumpkin quesadilla for tomorrow. Stay tuned!

7 Comments:

Blogger My Favorite Things said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I'm always looking for ideas on ways to vary bruschetta. Im at wendysfavoriteplace.blogspot.com

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Tara said...

How unique! I bet the flavours mesh wonderfully together!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

WOW what an incredible dish! very impressive!

11:35 AM  
Blogger ackebea said...

I love it

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8:45 AM  
Anonymous Przepisy kulinarne said...

Hi,

great photo and the dish is incredible. Me and my girlfriend enjoyed it during a breakfast.

Thanks.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous newton said...

its unique one.... i love it... thanks for this post...

4:52 AM  
Anonymous Madison said...

These things look gorgeous and I am sure are delicious. I'm bookmarking these to try this weekend.

9:54 PM  

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