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Butternut Squash Pie with Mushrooms

November 4, 2019

Target Healthy Eating

This will look beautiful on our Thanksgiving table. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC.
Consider a small serving, as an appetizer.  ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


1 onion

Grind 5 anchovy fillets in mortar & pestle with 5 garlic cloves

25 more garlic, sliced

1 butternut squash cut in half (remove seeds) or 2 to 3 cups cut up raw butternut squash

1 cup baby spinach, rinsed & drained 3 times, then pat dry with paper towels

1 teaspoon cardamom

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 pinch chili flakes

1 pinch black pepper

1/2 cup fresh tarragon, chopped well

1 pound cremini mushrooms (or button or baby bella), wipe clean with damp paper towel

1 big Tablespoon, dollop soft, unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup cognac or white wine (never use cooking wine)

1 dollop sour cream

12 eggs

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 Heaping Tablespoon chickpea flour

1 cup freshly grated gruyere

Garnish: before baking, add a ring of mushroom slices all around the baking dish. Just before serving, add tiny green leaves in between the mushroom slices

Fresh ingredients and easily obtainable. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC


1. Do all your grinding, chopping, grating, rinsing, now.

2. Cut the butternut squash in half and roast until soft, or roast cubes of squash on baking sheet, until soft, then set aside.

Delicious butternut squash, just out of the oven. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Grate the gruyere. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
In mortar and pestle, grinding anchovies and garlic. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Chopping onion and the 25 garlic cloves. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Rinsing and draining baby spinach. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Chopping tarragon. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

3. Cook 1 chopped onion with 5 garlic cloves & 5 anchovies

4. Add 25 more garlic, sliced

Cooking garlic & anchovies, plus the additional garlic and the chopped onion. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

5. Add 1 teaspoon cardamom, turmeric, pepper, chili flakes & ? cup fresh tarragon, chopped well

Added the chopped tarragon. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

6. Add all the mushrooms in butter & some low sodium soy sauce. Add some cognac or white wine & stir well.

Add the sliced mushrooms to the pan and cook until soft. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Stir while mushrooms start to turn brown. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

7. Add dollop sour cream

Above, added dollop of sour cream. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

8. Add 1 cup baby spinach and stir in

The cup of baby spinach will wilt very quickly. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

9. Pour contents of pan into large casserole, then add the cubes of roasted squash to the casserole and stir everything together

Added the baked squash to the mushrooms. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

10. Beat 12 eggs with some heavy cream and add 1 Tablespoon chickpea flour

Beating eggs, cream and flour. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

11. Stir well and pour this mixture over the veggies

Poured egg mixture over veggies. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

12. Sprinkle the grated gruyere over the top

Grated gruyere has been sprinkled over top. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

13. Arrange the garnish mushroom slices, all around the baking dish. Then add tiny green leaves between the mushrooms.

Decorate the edge with sliced mushrooms, then bake. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

14. Bake in 375 oven for 20 minutes

Going into oven to bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Watch after 15 minutes to be sure nothing burns. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC
Just out of the oven and its fragrance is filling the kitchen! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

This veggie pie would be perfect on a Thanksgiving table. Since we've been experimenting with my new recipe, we've had it with Dover sole and green bean salad, and it made for a delicious dinner party. It's also just right for lunch or a weekday dinner on its own. We've also served it with the number one veggie burger in the country (The New York Times, tested and rated), called “The Impossible Burger.“ This veggie pie stands on its own or goes well with just about anything. A chilled white wine pairs best.

Sometimes, Baileys for dessert is perfect. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health LLC

Bon Appetit!

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