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Butternut Squash Bites

Appetizers & Snacks  |  Published on Nov 8, 2019  |  Last modified on Nov 8, 2019

butternut squash in a mini phyllo shell

Butternut Squash Bites are healthy appetizer for the holidays or just about any time of year! Easy, nutritious, and delicious!

Creating these Butternut Squash Bites

Mini phyllo cups are so versatile come ready to fill with sweet or savory ingredients! Try savory fillings like this butternut squash or something sweet such as yogurt with berries & honey!

I chose to fill these with a cheesy butternut squash mixture and the sage and butternut squash marriage is perfect!

These phyllo (fillo) cups are only 20 calories per 2 cups and 4g carbs so they make for a great appetizer that won’t leave you feeling stuffed.

A 7 ingredient appetizer - phyllo dough is filled with butternut squash, sage, cheese and spices.

I topped them with a pumpkin seed and it adds a nice crunch to the butternut squash bite! 

Ingredients needed for Butternut Squash Bites

You only need 7 ingredients to make this festive appetizer and you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand!

Butternut Squash: I use frozen to ease, but fresh works too! Butternut Squash is a great source of Vitamin A and it’s a delicious winter squash. Plus, enjoying seasonal produce guarantees you take in a wide variety of nutrients that may promote good health!

Mini Pyhllo (fillo) Dough Shells: You can find these in the freezer isle of your local grocery store. They have light, flaky layers of dough and are fast, versatile and easy to use.

Butter & White onion: The onions will get sautéed in the butter and then mixed into the butternut squash!

Sharp Cheddar Cheese: I love the flavor sharp cheddar cheese lends to this recipe.

“Sharp” is the term that indicates how cheddar changes in flavor and texture as it ages; sharp 6 to 9 months.

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Sage: Sage and butternut squash are made for each other. The earthiness of sage pairs perfectly with butternut squash!

Pumpkin Seeds: A great source of potassium and a perfect way to garnish this appetizer.

Salt & Pepper

butternut squash bites on a baking sheet

How to make this butternut squash appetizer:

  • Heat oven to 375° F. Set phyllo shells on a baking sheet. Then, microwave frozen butternut squash as directed on package.
  • In a medium sized skillet, melt butter and cook onion for ~5 minutes on medium heat. Stirring occasionally. Onion should become near translucent. In a medium bowl, mash the butternut squash using a potato masher. Then stir in the cooked onions, cheese, sage, and seasonings until nicely incorporated.
  • Spoon mixture into phyllo shells and bake for 8 minutes. Top with pumpkin seeds and serve warm!
butternut squash in a mini phyllo shell

30 Minute Butternut Squash Bites

Butternut Squash Bites are healthy appetizer for the holidays or just about any time of year! Easy, nutritious, and delicious!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 15 bites
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Tawnie Kroll

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen mini phyllo dough shells 15 shells
  • 1, 10 oz. bag of frozen butternut squash
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 medium white onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tsp. fresh sage, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper chili flakes
  • pumpkin seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Set phyllo shells on an ungreased cookie sheet. Then, microwave frozen butternut squash as directed on package.
  • In a medium sized skillet, melt butter and cook onion for ~5 minutes on medium heat. Stirring occasionally. Onion should become near translucent. In a medium bowl, mash the butternut squash using a potato masher. Then stir in the cooked onions, cheese, sage, and seasonings until nicely incorporated.
  • Spoon mixture into phyllo shells and bake for 8 minutes. Top with pumpkin seeds and serve warm!
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Notes

These are best if eaten the same day. Leftovers the next day will be soggy. 
If you would like the butternut squash filling to be smoother, puree it in a food processor or use an immersion blender to smooth out the filling prior to baking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bite | Calories: 75kcal

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  1. These look so cute. I like it that they are healthy, and not too filling. Perfect for Thanksgiving lunch so everyone will have tummy space for the big dinner. 😀

  2. These are so cute!! I love the look of these and I can see that they would be so popular at Christmas and Thanksgiving. Sounds great to serve them warm with pumpkin seeds.

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