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.
Here is my humble version which I am very roughly basing on her beautiful piece of baking art.
I halfed the squash and removed the seeds. I then peeled it and cut it into slices.
I cubed it into bite sized pieces and started cooking them with a little olive oil over medium heat.
To that went a large chicken breast, cubed, as well as three slices of bacon sliced into thin strips.
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.
To this I added salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, and a handful of raisins.
After another 3-4 minutes of cooking I added about a cup of corn to the mix for color and texture.
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!
Slice into squares, serve, and enjoy!