Sometimes I get so ridiculously hung up on a veggie that they manage to find their way into almost everything I make. I humored my fruit fancy earlier in the month with a cranberry-palooza of sorts, but lately it’s all about the butternut. So much so, in fact, that I straight up butternuted my baklava. I regret nothing.
So what on earth are butternut baklava bites? I filled crispy, flaky phyllo cups with pureed butternut squash spiked with maple and orange, topped them with a medley of toasted nuts and went beyond overboard with my bear-o-honey! They’re a bite-sized indulgence that are not only packed with protein, but are practically a vegetable too! At least I like to think so!
The maple-spiked squash and candied nuts can be made in advanced and assembled when needed, for a speedy sweet treat that is perfect for the holidays!
- 1 + ½ heaping cups of cubed butternut squash
- 1 TBSP orange juice
- 1 TBSP pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup whole shelled pistachios
- ¼ cup walnut halves and pieces
- ¼ cup chopped pecans
- 1 + ½ TBSP unsalted butter
- 1 + ½ TBSP sugar [brown or regular]
- a pinch of salt
- 25 pre-made phyllo cups, thawed if previously frozen
- approx ¼ cup honey, or to taste
- Bring a medium-small pot of water to boil and cook squash for 10 minutes or until fork-tender.
- In a food processor or blender, combine squash with orange juice and maple syrup and puree until smooth.
- Next finely chop your nuts. This can be done in a food processor, with a sharp knife, or even by filling a plastic bag with nuts and smashing them with a wine bottle. I've employed all three techniques, choose what's easiest for you!
- Bring a small skillet to medium heat and melt your butter. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and your chopped nuts and saute for five minutes until they're nice and toasty and have a light glaze on them. If you have a major sweet tooth I'll look the other way while you double the glaze. Since I have a heavy hand with the honey I go light on the glaze.
- Fill each phyllo cup with a teaspoon of butternut puree and pile on the candied nuts!
- Top each bite with a hearty drizzle of honey and dig in!
You can get crazy with your display…
or simply snag a bite the second they hit the table!
The only thing that takes less time than making these, is eating them!