Savory Squash Pie for April Fool's Day
A savory pie with Buttercup and Acorn squash, Manchego and cottage cheeses
I never set out to make an April Fool's dish.
Actually, like the wolf in The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Amazon affiliate link), all I wanted to do was
I just had to decide if it tasted good enough for the blog, so between my family, the folks at work, and my visiting parents this has been thoroughly taste tested. Thumbs up. Here ya'are.
This is a rich slice of savory squash pie, so we ate ours in small slices. With a salad it would make a lovely meal (though no, I don't have any cute April Fool's salad ideas. That's what Pinterest is for!).
|Acorn squash surrounded by Buttercup squash--new in our CSA farm share last year|
Note: to roast a winter squash, cut it in half pole to pole, scoop out (and compost) the seeds and strings, and place it cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Add a ½ cup of water, and roast at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-60 minutes until the flesh is tender when you squeeze or poke it. Scoop out the flesh, compost the skins, and you're good to go. You can even freeze this roasted flesh if you want--it's good in muffins or waffles.
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Savory Squash Pie
- 1 pie crust for single crust pie
- 1 cup roasted orange-fleshed squash (I used a combination of buttercup and acorn squash)
- ½ cup chopped onion (I used sweet, but yellow would also be fine)
- 2 large eggs
- ½ to ⅔ cup (4 to 6 ounces by volume) heavy cream
- 1 to 1¼ cups cottage cheese
- 1 cup Manchego cheese, shredded or cubed
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt (I used kosher)
- ½ teaspoon Herbs de Provence
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large (10 inch) pie pan, lay out the crust, pressing into the edges. Cover with foil.
- Bake for 8 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking another 5 minutes until crust is dry and set.
- Decrease the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
- If you've got a blender, use it for the filling. If not, a food processor--or really good knife work + a whisk, would probably work.
- Place the squash, onions, and eggs in the blender and pulse a few times to get them chopped together.
- Add the first amounts of cream and cottage cheese, as well as the Manchego and the spices.
- Pulse a few more times to get them blended--adding more cream or cottage cheese if you're having trouble getting the mixture to move freely.
- Once the mixture is thoroughly blended, spread it into the prepared pie crust.
- Bake at 325 for 45 minutes until the top is lightly browned on the pointy bits.
- Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting, but make sure to serve warm.