Cater to everyone at your superbowl party with these roasted butternut squash, caramelized onion, and spicy white bean sandwiches! Perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters, alike.
roasted butternut squash, caramelized onion, and spicy white bean sandwiches

I like my sandwiches like I like my men.



Not all men.

Construction workers with beer bellies who insist on smoking three inches away from the “NO SMOKING – CONSTRUCTION ZONE” signs. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Vomit. No.

Bradley Cooper – YES. Just….YES.


We watched American Sniper last night, can’t you tell?

And let me just say there was nowhere near enough topless Bradley. Brad? B. Coop?

We are totally on a first name/cute nickname basis. (<–In.My.Dreams.)


Annnnyyywaaayyys. Apparently Sandwich Sunday is coming up!!!

Oh, it’s called Superbowl Sunday? Oh. OH.

Well, for me it’s all about the food so you can see how I would have gotten confused.

The Superbowl is unarguably a HUGE food holiday, second only to Thanksgiving and Christmas, but unfortunately for the vegetarians in the room almost all of the food is centered around MEAT. Burgers, chili, bacon, subs as long as an NBA player’s height that consist solely of every processed animal product you can find at the deli counter.


Personally, I don’t care what anyone else eats so long as my only option is not the raw veggies on the crudite platter. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in this life it’s that if you want something to eat, you should probably just make it yourself. Otherwise it ends up with “vegetarian chicken broth” in it (<–mom, I’m looking at YOU.)


But not just any sandwiches.

These are spiced up white bean hummus topped with sweet maple roasted butternut squash topped with luscious caramelized onion topped with spicy melty cheese sandwiches. Topped with nothing because they’re European lascivious like that.

Quite a mouthful.

I advise you to make extra, because one bite and even the so-called meat eaters will be hiding in the corner pretending not to eat them while shoving them in their mouth as quickly as possible so that no one sees. Yes, I’m onto you.


Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spicy White Bean Sandwiches
Cater to everyone at your superbowl party with these roasted butternut squash, caramelized onion, and spicy white bean sandwiches! Perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters, alike.
Yield: 12-16 open-faced sandwiches
For the butternut squash
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
For the caramelized onions
  • 3 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-4 tbsp of beer, white wine, or red wine
For the white beans
  • 2 cups cooked white beans
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
For the sandwiches
  • 12-16 slices of bread
  • ½ lb spicy gouda cheese, sliced
  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the butternut squash, olive oil, maple syrup, salt and black pepper. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until tender. Set aside and lower oven to 350F.
  3. Meanwhile, start the caramelized onions. In a large saute pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions to the pan and saute, stirring, until they are evenly coated with the butter. Cook for 40 minutes or until the onions start to turn an amber color, stirring every 3-5 minutes and scraping the bottom of the pan as you do. Once the onions have reached the desired color, season with salt and add the alcohol one tablespoon at a time, scraping up any of the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. For the white bean puree, in the bowl of a food processor, combine the white beans, red pepper flakes, and olive oil. Pulse until pureed. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
  5. On each slice of bread, spread a layer of the white bean puree. Top with the butternut squash, caramelized onions, and a slice of cheese. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and heat in the oven for 4-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve warm.
Caramelized onion recipe from Gimme Some Oven, sandwich is an Eats Well With Others Original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 sandwiches

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51 Responses to Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spicy White Bean Sandwiches

  1. Sune Moolman says:

    I’m still smiling at the B. Coop remark. Priceless! 😀
    Love that these are open faced, they look great.

  2. Lynn says:

    Bradley Cooper is so awesome anyway – will have to watch this to see him topless. 🙂

    And a bean sandwich – looks so good!

  3. Bahahahaha = the first line really made me smile this morning! These little sandwiches looks super tasty – what an interesting combination of flavors for a sandwich!

  4. Emma says:

    Well this just looks rude good. Have you had the squash toast from ABC Kitchen? It’s one of my favorite bites in New York — bucket list if you haven’t! The NYT posted the recipe a few years ago, which I’ve also made to great crowd-pleasure:

  5. Any sandwich with caramelised onions in is good with me. I can’t get enough of them.

  6. Emma says:

    This definitely looks like the Bradley Cooper of sandwiches. So delicious!

  7. yes to this sandwich and YES to topless bradley cooper…:-)

  8. Oh. my. gawd. These sandwiches are just pure perfection!! Who needs chili or hamburgers for the Superbowl when you could have a plateful of these lovelies! Now, if I could just convince my family to make these for me…..;)

  9. Yum! Love caramelized onions on anything and these sandwiches look great!

  10. This sounds like a delicious sandwich!! & great advice to just make it yourself. I’ve been a strict vegetarian coming up on a year and get nervous about dining out.

  11. Bwahaha vegetarian chicken broth. I don’t think you want to see too many of the NFL players topless either 😉

  12. Right?!?! More topless Bradley Cooper! Oh, and more veggie/pescatarian options at Super Bowl parties! These sandwiches look fabulous! Love those caramelized onions on top!

  13. Lori R. says:

    Ha! Completely agree, most foods are better made yourself. These sammies sound so good!

  14. Ooo that white bean spread has endless sandwich possibilities!

  15. That white bean puree on its own sounds totally delish! Throw in the caramelized onions and butternut squash and WOA! Partay in ma mouth!
    Btw – “sandwich Sunday” trumps “Superbowl Sunday” in my books! 🙂

  16. Christina says:

    Yes yes and yes! I’ll take about 5 please 🙂

  17. Meg says:

    You always have the best combination of ingredients, Joanne! These look delicious. And I would totally get down with a Sandwich Sunday . . . or any day. I don’t take an active interest in sports, but I’m all about snacks for the Super Bowl! (Pregnant Me is very excited about all the chips and dip I’m planning, I must say.)

  18. These open sandwiches look scrumptious!

  19. Everything about this sandwich makes me happy!!

  20. sara says:

    Oooooooooh these sandwiches look amazing! I’m looking forward to seeing American Sniper, too. 🙂

  21. holy cow those look so delicious. On my homemade rosemary olive oil bread?? I think I have almost all of the ingredients too.

    And Bradley Cooper? Yummy.

  22. Heather says:

    I think sandwiches and food are the best part of the super bowl. However, it also falls on Downton day, and I’ve already informed my husband that I am commandeering the TV. :p Thankfully we’re both more about food than sports. 😉

  23. Cailee says:

    These look amazing!! What a fun recipe!! 🙂 These look delicious and would be perf. for a fun little party!! SO cute!

  24. Topless all the waaaaaaaay!! This is too fun!

  25. This is an awesome option for any veggie lover!

  26. Oh, the onions and melted cheese! The heck with the meat…I want to be a vegetarian sandwich eater!

  27. Oooh, I can imagine how frustrating it is sometimes to have so few eating options at parties when you’re a veggie. To be honest though you’d be fighting me for these at the party! They’ve definitely made my mouth water!

  28. Stefanie says:

    Oh B Coop! Love him! He has grown one me since he first came on the scene. I want to see american sniper so bad but I can’t get out to the movie theater. Until I get to enjoy topless Bradley, I will enjoy these topless beauties!

  29. Kelly says:

    This sandwich looks glorious! The caramelized onions and the spicy white bean puree are enough to make me want every sunday to be sandwich sunday!

  30. Oh, fab – Joanne – love bean sandwiches and with cheese – yes, please:)

  31. You are totally cracking me up today! And you’re so right–people buy one crudite platter and call it good. Meanwhile, they chow down on wings. I’m hungry!

  32. Marci says:

    This looks fantastic! I just shared it on my FB page.

  33. Kate says:

    This also looks like a great filling for loaded baked potatoes!

  34. Umm are you kidding this looks amazing!!! I love the caramelized onions and the beans! These look wonderful! Perfect for game day!

  35. These sandwiches are calling me, so much better than bland salad!

    Choc Chip Uru

  36. Being a veggie can be a total struggle! You make it look easy! This is REAL comfort food and I totally love how the sandwiches are open faced 🙂

  37. Betty says:

    You mean the Superbowl isn’t all about the food? News to me. Since I always have enough butternut squash on hand to sink a battleship, I’m happy to have more delicious ways to use them. These look great!

  38. These sandwiches are freakin gorgeous and I love the flavors you used! I suck at caramelizing onions but you have given me a reason to try again 🙂

  39. Eileen says:

    I love these! The whole “elevated cheesy toast” is definitely what I want on a party platter. Onion and squash sound like perfect counterpoints too!

  40. cheri says:

    I love all the flavors you used here, love, love these sandwiches. I bet even my husband would not even miss the meat.

  41. You naughty girl. One thing I do agree with is that this sandwich looks to me like heaven. Have a great food day.

  42. We are on the same wave lenght this week, posting butternut squash and caramelized onions… but yours has a completely different twist! like it!

  43. Johanna GGG says:

    ok I had to query my resident Brit if it can be a sandwich without a top and he says it is called an open sandwich. But no matter what we call it, that looks amazing – almost worth watching the superbowl (not that I am ever sure what it is but always hope it is a huge bowl of food – ha ha)

  44. Natalie says:

    oh yes! pinning–and probably making them with 2 slices of bread and smashed in my panini press. more carbs is never a bad thing!

  45. Ala says:

    Oh my GAWD did you watch American Sniper too? Seriously though–that man buffs up sooo well! Swoon. Topless. Hand me a topless sammy so I can stuff my face and stop swooning–though then it was a reallllly bad idea to watch He’s Just Not That Into You late last night, because seriously, if anything I prefer him in that. Ahhhhhhhhh Joanneeee woe is us

  46. This looks wonderful! I’m crazy about butternut squash, but I’ve never tried it on a sandwich before. Great idea!

  47. I don’t really get the superbowl, but I’ll embrace it anyway if I can eat these 🙂

  48. Danguole says:

    These sound so ridiculously good. Better than anything bacon-wrapped (yes, I said it).

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