butternut squash and radicchio dip with bread

Courtesy of Cafe Gratitude

AuthorSeizan Dreux Ellis
You can't have a gathering without plenty of good dips, and while this dip may be a little different, it's still up for the job. Created by the executive chef of Cafe Gratitude and featured in the Cafe's cookbook, Love is Served, this recipe exchanges the heavy flavors of a classic dip for lighter, fresher vegetable and nut flavors. 

How to Make It

To Make Cashew Cream
1

Drain and rinse the cashews and transfer them into a high-speed blender. Add lemon juice and salt along with 1/2 cup water. Blend until smooth and creamy.

To Make Rosemary Butternut Squash and Radicchio Dip
2

Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until the onion becomes translucent, around 1 minute. Add the squash, rosemary, and salt and stir well.

3

Partially cover the skillet and cook until the squash has softened a bit, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water if the pan begins to look dry.

4

Add the white wine and deglaze the pan, loosening any small, delicious bits that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan.

5

When the wine has been absorbed, remove the pan from the heat, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes. The butternut squash is ready when it is soft and beginning to break apart.

6

In a large bowl, combine the cashew cream, butternut squash mixture, and radicchio. Blend half of the mixture, mix that into the remaining mixture, and bake following the same instructions as above.

Ingredients

For Rosemary Butternut Squash and Radicchio Dip
 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
 ¼ cup finely chopped red onion
 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced
 2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
 1 small head of red radicchio, shredded
 ¼ cup white wine
 1 cup cashew cream
 ½ small head of red radicchio, shredded
For Cashew Cream
 ½ cup raw cashews soaked for 2 to 8 hours
 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
 ¼ tsp Himalayan sea salt

Directions

To Make Cashew Cream
1

Drain and rinse the cashews and transfer them into a high-speed blender. Add lemon juice and salt along with 1/2 cup water. Blend until smooth and creamy.

To Make Rosemary Butternut Squash and Radicchio Dip
2

Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until the onion becomes translucent, around 1 minute. Add the squash, rosemary, and salt and stir well.

3

Partially cover the skillet and cook until the squash has softened a bit, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water if the pan begins to look dry.

4

Add the white wine and deglaze the pan, loosening any small, delicious bits that may be stuck to the bottom of the pan.

5

When the wine has been absorbed, remove the pan from the heat, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes. The butternut squash is ready when it is soft and beginning to break apart.

6

In a large bowl, combine the cashew cream, butternut squash mixture, and radicchio. Blend half of the mixture, mix that into the remaining mixture, and bake following the same instructions as above.

Rosemary Butternut Squash and Radicchio Dip