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Cranberry, Butternut and Brussels Sprout Skillet Nachos

Cranberry, Butternut and Brussels Sprout Skillet Nachos

Ingredients

For the nachos:
  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup brussels sprouts, sliced thin (into shreds)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 tbl fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more to your taste)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 8 oz fontina cheese, shredded (may sub another white cheese, but fontina is so good!)
  • 8 oz brie, sliced
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • 4 oz gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled (for topping)
Optional Cranberry Glaze:
  • 1 cup pure cranberry juice
  • 1 tbl brown sugar

Recipe

1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add butternut squash, sprinkle with brown sugar and season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently to avoid burning for 15 minutes or until the squash is fork tender. Now toss in the sliced brussels sprouts, garlic, thyme, chili powder, cayenne and crushed red pepper. Cook until both the squash and brussels sprouts are beginning to caramelize all over, about 10 minutes. Once caramelized, remove from the heat and stir in the dried cranberries. Slide the mixture onto a plate.

2. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In the same skillet you cooked the veggies in, add 1/3 of the chips to the bottom and then cover them with 1/3 the cheese (a little brie, a little fontina), then sprinkle with 1/3 of the veggie mixture. Repeat this 2 more times until all of the cheese and veggie mixture have been used. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly! Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the gorgonzola cheese.

3. To make the cranberry molasses: add the cranberry juice and brown sugar to a small saucepot. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook 5-8 minutes or until the mixture is reduced and syrupy. Serve with the nachos. If the molasses gets too thick just add a little cranberry juice to thin it out.

Adapted from Half Baked Harvest

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