Spicy Butternut Squash Pie

I could eat butternut squash every single day.

Not only is it sweet, comforting and creamy, but butternut squash is also packed with fibre, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Winter squashes like butternut squash are especially high in beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A to maintain our skin, mucosal tissues, vision and immune health.

I usually use squash for soups like this one, but this soufflé-like pie was totally addictive and might be my new go-to for using squash. It tasted really rich, decadent and creamy, with a subtle hint of spices. You could certainly add more heat if you wanted, but I liked the spices hovering in the background.

While this dish would be a crowd-pleaser around the holidays, it’s easy enough to whip up for a weekday dinner and pairs nicely with a salad or some roasted vegetables.

I’m thinking I could change the flavour combinations here, too. Oregano, parsley, thyme and basil would be delish; a cumin, coriander, fennel and turmeric combo would work well, too.

What kind of flavours would you use to jazz this up?

Spicy Butternut Squash Pie
 
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gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, grain-free, nut-free, soy-free
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Recipe type: Main or Side Dish
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 small butternut squash, cut into cubes (I got about 2½ cups from mine)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp ground chia, mixed with ¼ cup water
  • ¼ tsp ground chili powder
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp Himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Steam the squash in a vegetable steamer for about 15 minutes, or until it can be easily pierced with a fork. Allow it to cool slightly.
  2. In a food processor, blend the squash with the olive oil, chia and spices. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, until top is dry and lightly browned.

 

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8 Responses to Spicy Butternut Squash Pie

  1. Apple.Coconut.Love. May 14, 2012 at 3:09 am #

    This sounds soooooo delicious. I love butternut squash too. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  2. Caitlin May 14, 2012 at 4:12 am #

    i love butternut squash, too! this pie looks amazing- i had no idea such few ingredients could create a souffle type squash dish!

  3. frugalfeeding May 14, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Delicious. I too adore butternut squash.

  4. Shana May 14, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    This sounds great! I’ve had a lot of luck combining cinnamon and garlin and curcuma with squash. It’s rather savory.

  5. Redd H from Salted Spoon May 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm #

    This looks really wonderful! Definitely keeping my eye out for some squash so I can try this!

  6. reciperenovator May 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Squash is one of my comfort foods. Can’t wait to try this!

  7. onesmallvegan September 10, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    perfect! now I know what to make with the butternut squash I bought yesterday!

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