The Thanksgiving Collection
How you doin’? Over the last 22 months I have provided recipes for all kinds of pies—apple, chocolate, pumpkin and several more. Now it’s holiday time again and I wanted to do something different, but still a little similar and perfect for Thanksgiving. This recipe comes from Jesse, the southern cook who taught me how to make this recipe while I was a teenager washing dishes and filling in as a server at summer camp.
Butternut squash is sweet, moist and nutty tasting with flavors similar to sweet potatoes—or, some say, butterscotch-y. Because it's so dense, you get more servings per fruit than you might with other squash varieties. You should be able to get 4 pies from one large butternut squash.
By the way, butternut squash contains slightly more vitamin A and C compared to pumpkin and twice as much iron. It's also a good source of magnesium, vitamin E and potassium. Compared to pumpkin, it's higher in calories and complex carbs and contains more than twice the amount of dietary fiber.
This recipe is for people who want a little something lighter than pumpkin pie which some people find a little strong or they just want a slightly milder and delicious pie befitting the holidays. It’s never really perfect Butternut Squash Pie without topping it with homemade whipped cream!
Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 35 to 40 minutes
Cool time: at least 2 hours
Yield: 2 pies, 9-inch pies / 12 servings
2 prepared, unbaked pie crusts (homemade or store bought)
2-1/2 cups cooked butternut squash cubes (see ChefSecret)
5 large eggs
1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Quip of the Day: I did the math this morning… if I run 3-miles I can eat 3-pounds of pie. That’s new math that I can get behind.
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