Butternut Squash Tart

I made this for a group of friends the other night and they all loved it! It was super easy to make and looks rather impressive. I hope you all had a wonderful 2011 and best wishes for an even better 2012! Enjoy! (Recipe adapted from Five and Spice)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of cold water
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • Garlic
  • Thyme
  • S&P
  • Optional – cheese, sour cream (highly recommended)

Directions

Measure 1 cup flour and 1tsp. salt into a mixing bowl. Measure 1/4 cup olive oil into a measuring cup, then fill to the 1/3 mark with cold water. Stir the oil and water with a fork to emulsify, then pour into the flour and stir until all the flour is moistened (you may have to add a touch more oil or water if it is too dry). Gather the dough and press into a ball. Flatten into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the squash lengthwise in half and lay halves in a pan with a little bit of water. Roast at 425 degrees for about an hour, until soft and easily pierced with a fork.

While that is cooking, sautee your diced onion in a hefty splash of olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Then turn heat to low and allow to cook for another 5-10 minutes to begin to caramelize. When the squash is cooked, carefully (ie, don’t burn yourself!) remove the seeds.

Discard the skin and mix squash with the onion mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you are adding cheese or sour cream add it here. I used about 3/4 cup of sour cream and 3/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese.

Press pie crust into pan to desired thickness (mine ended up being too thick, so be careful). Add squash/onion mixture and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. thyme. Bake in the oven at 375F for about 45 minutes, until the crust is golden.

If you have leftover squash/onion mixture keep it! It makes for a great snack the next day on it’s own, similar to mashed potatoes.

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4 responses to “Butternut Squash Tart

  1. Looks marvelous!

  2. hey, i would love to try this receipe do you think it would work with gluten/wheat free flour as i do not eat wheat due to allergies.

    • Well I don’t have much experience working with gluten/wheat free flour but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! Definitely worth a try in my opinion. And if not, the butternut squash mash is great on its own :)

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