New This Month

Winter Squash Dip


For a festive presentation, serve this appetizer in a large, round, hollowed-out squash, such as a turban.

  • Yield: Makes about 6 cups

Photography: Krause, Johansen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2007


  • 1 winter squash (about 2 pounds), such as butternut or turban, unpeeled, seeded, and cut into 3-inch pieces
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 heads garlic, tops cut off to expose cloves
  • 1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 scallions, white and pale-green parts only, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 2 chipotle chiles (canned in adobo sauce)
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Paprika, for sprinkling
  • Roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds), for garnish
  • Breadsticks, for dipping


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place squash on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss. Spread squash in a single layer. Place garlic on a piece of parchment-lined foil. Drizzle with oil, and wrap loosely. Place on baking sheet with squash. Bake until squash is soft and golden brown, about 50 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  2. Meanwhile, melt 4 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add scallions, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes.

  3. Scoop flesh from squash, and transfer to a food processor. Squeeze garlic from skins, and add to squash. Add scallions and chipotles, and pulse until smooth. Add remaining 6 tablespoons butter, the sour cream, cream cheese, Parmesan, and lemon juice, and pulse until just combined but not smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Pour into a hollowed-out squash or a serving bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Sprinkle with paprika, and garnish with pepitas. Serve with breadsticks.

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  • Robert S
    27 NOV, 2013
    We used half the fat (butter, sour cream, parmesan, and cream cheese) and it still came out a little too bland. So I would recommend not using more than half, not if you don't want to lose the taste of squash or chipotle (which is a nice touch with a little kick). It's a good dip, but it's going to require some breadsticks or crostini to give it a little crunch.
  • Karen K
    7 NOV, 2013
    I accidentally left out the cream cheese the 1st time I made this. At 1st, I wasn't thrilled with the overall flavor of the dip. I was making it for a potluck the following day & almost hesitated to take it. What a difference a day makes! The flavors really intensified & it was delicious. Everyone at the potluck requested the recipe. Even the kids were devouring it. I've now made it with & w/out the cream cheese and definitely prefer it without. The cream cheese masks the squash flavor.
  • OSF
    12 DEC, 2011
    Yes, serve this cold. It's very pretty when served in a turban squash. I like Parmesan cheese and so I liked this dip. The cheese gave it a nice coarse texture. Great with breadsticks.
  • nlight
    9 OCT, 2011
    there are several problems with this recipe: 1) it makes enough to feed a small army, half would do for a family dinner 2) due to proportion problems, you can't even taste the squash and the result tastes like a bland cream cheese spread. add twice as much squash and half the quantity of all the combined cheeses 3) all in all, forgettable and definitely not gourmet.
  • ashleygeddes
    24 NOV, 2010
    You serve it cold, so you wouldn't need to heat it. I think it is good for about 3 days. I am making it today, so one day ahead.
  • ashleyhoward
    18 NOV, 2010
    Anyone know if I can make this ahead on Tuesday or Wednesday and then Reheat for Thanksgiving??
  • ashleygeddes
    23 NOV, 2008
    One more comment: It's just as good with low fat sour cream and low fat cream cheese.
  • ashleygeddes
    23 NOV, 2008
    This has become a favorite dip to make in the fall and winter!
  • drkristen
    11 NOV, 2008
    I wish I'd had time to serve it in a hollowed-out squash, but even without the autumnal presentation, this dip was AMAZING. Definitely a new tradition in our household.