Chicken, Bacon, Squash “pie”


I really love the show The Great British Baking Show on PBS.  It’s one of my favorites, and I must admit I watch cooking shows all the time.  I was watching this past Sunday night and it was pie night on the show.  One contestant made a chicken, bacon, and butternut squash pie.  So, my meal tonight is very roughly based on my experience watching Sunday night.  I made my “pie” with what I had around the house and in the share.  Here is a link to her pie, she used an incredible spice mixture in hers but I should mention that the contestants have 4 hours to bake their pies….mine is much less detailed but if you feel so inclined to give hers a try….go for it!  Let me know how it turns out.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chicken_bacon_butternut_06664

Here is my humble version which I am very roughly basing on her beautiful piece of baking art.

I didn’t use butternut (we haven’t gotten those yet), I used a delicata squash.  image

I halfed the squash and removed the seeds.  I then peeled it and cut it into slices.

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I cubed it into bite sized pieces and started cooking them with a little olive oil over medium heat.

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To that went a large chicken breast, cubed, as well as three slices of bacon sliced into thin strips. 

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I let that cook for a while, rendering the fat out of the bacon and draining when needed.  I made sure the chicken was cooked though and the squash was fork tender.

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To this I added salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and a handful of raisins.

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After another 3-4 minutes of cooking I added about a cup of corn to the mix for color and texture.

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Instead of using a pie crust for mine I used puff pastry.  I thawed a package from the store and opened it up on a sheet of sprayed tin foil on a sheet tray.  Pile the filling on the pastry and top it with a second sheet of pastry (there are two in a box).  Brush that with a egg wash for color while baking.  I did not seal the edges at all, simply placed the other layer of pastry on top.  About 30 minutes in the oven I had a tasty and pretty dish.  Thanks PBS!

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Slice into squares, serve, and enjoy!


About Sarah

Sarah is a trained chef and owner of Whisk Baked Goods. She lives in Chelmsford with her husband and two active boys. Sarah is passionate about food, loves eating local, and cooking gluten free foods.

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