Squash goals! Fill your home with the aroma of autumn this toast Tuesday by baking butternut squash with sage kefir butter. Spread farmer cheese and pureed roasted squash on fresh pumpernickel, then top with crispy fried sage leaves and pumpkin seeds.
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- 2 slices of toasted pumpernickel
- 1 cup cooked butternut squash
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1 crushed garlic clove
- 2-3 tbsp pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup farmer cheese
Sage Kefir Butter
- 1/2 cup Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1 quart heavy whipping cream (32-36% butterfat)
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- Roast butternut squash (tossed with salt & olive oil) in a 350 degree oven till golden brown. Once out of the oven, toss with a tsp of sage kefir butter and mash the squash with garlic powder or crushed garlic.
- Top toasted bread with farmer cheese, butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, and fried sage.
- For fried sage: toss sage leaves with olive oil and broil till they start to slightly harden.
- Kefir Butter: follow the directions by clicking the link and folding in dried sage.