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Squash-Leaf Canapes

Your guests can savor the colors and flavor of fall with these appetizers.




  • 1 large butternut squash
  • Small squares of a dense brown bread, such as pumpernickel
  • Goat cheese
  • Butter, for cooking squash
  • Salt, for sprinkling squash


  1. Step 1

    Cut a large butternut squash horizontally below the neck; reserve bulb for another use. Cut squash into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Use leaf-shaped cookie cutters to cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Cook squash leaves in butter over medium heat until brown, 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to paper towels to drain; sprinkle with salt.

  3. Step 3

    Toast small squares of a dense brown bread, such as pumpernickel. Top each with a small dollop of goat cheese and cover with one of the leaves.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2004



Reviews (3)

  • 11 Nov, 2011

    Not only did folks like the flavor of these, they commented on how beautifully festive they are. Another great appetizer that also enhances the look of your Halloween/Fall buffet!

  • 22 Sep, 2011

    These were so easy to make, did not take a lot of time and ended up being just as stunning as the magazine's which I was thrilled about. Just using the leaves would make a great garnish for an autumn soup. Love getting to use my cookie cutters for more than just cookies!

  • 19 Nov, 2010

    This appetizer is not only genius