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Festive Cheese Spread in a Winter Squash Shell

Festive Cheese Spread in a Winter Squash Shell

This creamy sweet cheese spread makes such a gorgeous presentation in its winter squash shell.

The mouth-watering meld of cream cheese, winter squash, dates, and cranberry chutney makes a perfect complement to any cheese board. It looks beautifully fancy, but itís really easy to make.

Hereís how:


1 medium-sized acorn squash, 1 large sweet dumpling squash, or 1 small turban squash
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
2 tablespoons drained and chopped cranberry chutney

1. If necessary, cut a 1-inch slice from the bottom of the squash so that it sits upright. Remove the stem end. Scoop out and discard seeds and fibers.

2. Fill a saucepan with about an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Set the squash upside down in the saucepan.

3. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pan, and simmer until the squash flesh is tender when pressed with a fork but the shell is still firm, about 20 minutes. Transfer the squash to a colander to drain and cool.

4. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until thoroughly blended. Mix in the dates and chutney.

5, Scoop the flesh from the cooled squash shell, leaving about 1/4 inch of shell. Add the squash flesh to the cream cheese mixture and blend well. Spoon the mixture into the shell. Cover and chill.

Serve chilled with crackers.

Serves 8-12.

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Adapted from The Zucchini Cookbook, by Nancy C. Ralston, Marynor Jordan, and Andrea Chesman (Storey Books, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Ralston, Jordan, and Chesman. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from The Zucchini Cookbook, by Nancy C. Ralston, Marynor Jordan, and Andrea Chesman (Storey Books, 2002).

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9:05AM PST on Dec 12, 2012

thanks for sharing sounds good

8:13AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:57AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

no i have never seen cranberry chutney either but cheesespread recipe sounds delicious

1:56AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you

12:28AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Sounds great, wish the picture could be seen! Thanks for wonderful idea!

10:48AM PST on Nov 18, 2012


8:52AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

sounds yummy, thanks :)

7:40PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

OMG! That looks incredible!
I'll have to make a bit of cranberry chutney so I can make this.
Ohhhh... it sounds like heaven!

9:11AM PDT on Oct 31, 2011

Thank you

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