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Garlic Whipped Ricotta

So Christmas is right around the corner… you still feeling jolly?  Do you still have that Ole’ St. Nick spring in your step?  Is Christmas music playing on a loop in that organized, jovial mind of yours?  Do you have your Menu for the big day scientifically prepped and planned out?

PicMonkey Collage2No?  Oh, then you are like me!  One of the dogs is proudly prancing around with the bows she just ate off the wrapped presents.  The fresh rosemary and thyme for my Rib Roast mysteriously went missing.  The garland I spent 30 minutes delicately wrapping around the banisters has a blinking light out.


Rustic Butternut Squash & Red Onion Wedges-16And, I am still missing that one magical and delightful side to accompany my holiday feast…  I am also missing my brains capability to work at full speed, but that’s not really relevant.

Rustic Butternut Squash & Red Onion Wedges-20Now, while I may not be able to help you out with the mayhem that accompanies the holidays, I do have you covered with that missing side dish.

Rustic Butternut Squash & Red Onion Wedges-22Drum Roll… Rustic Butternut Squash & Red Onion Wedges with a Pecan-Sage Topping and Garlic Whipped Ricotta.

Rustic Butternut Squash & Red Onion Wedges-34This side dish is satisfyingly simple.  The butternut squash is slightly sweet, savory and hearty, which pairs wonderfully with the deep, pungent flavor of the red onion.   The sage-pecan breadcrumb topping adds earthy flavor, while slightly enhancing the sweetness of the squash.  The light, creamy, subtle sweetness of the whipped ricotta really adds that final delicious touch to this dish.

Rustic Butternut Squash & Red Onion Wedges-46My father-in-law is a big man, I mean 6’5’’ type of big.  And, we all have that relative who simply takes larger portions of everything (I won’t name names).  Therefore, I went rustic style with this side, creating large wedges of both vegetables.

Rustic Butternut Squash & Red Onion Wedges-66The skin of butternut squash is edible, so I left it on, to really go for that farm fresh feel and taste.  If the skin scares you, you can either:

A) Peel it off before cutting it into wedges
B) Leave it on, and allow your guest to decide if they want to eat it or not
Rustic Butternut Squash & Red Onion Wedges-93This side dish is vibrant, delectable, and perfect for your holiday table.  I hope you give this a try, but most of all I hope you have a wonderful Holiday filled with lots of joy, laughter, love, and of course great food.  Cheers!
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