{Let’s Lunch} Don’t forget PIE……

This year we planted a pumpkin patch for the grandkids.  We thought they would like to wander through it and pick their own pumpkins for Halloween.  Good idea, huh!  We went to the local feed/seed store and bought packages of seeds for small, medium, and GIGANTO pumpkins for Jack-O-Lanterns.  And they grew, and grew, and….wait…what is THAT??  THAT is not a pumpkin!!IMG_1756 What IS that?  That, B tells me, is a cushaw!

    “Cushaw? ”
    “Yep! It’s a type of squash.”
    “I thought we planted pumpkins.”
    “Me, too.”
    “What do you do with it?”
    “Eat it.”
    “How? ”
    “No idea!”
    Well, that doesn’t help me at all.

So, I looked it up and ended up with PIE!

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    Cushaw Pie

A pie that is very similar to Pumpkin Pie but lighter in texture and flavor.  Good pie! 

    2 cups prepared cushaw squash puree {One nice sized cushaw should do it.}
    2/3 cup brown sugar
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    3 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream (oh yeah…)
    pastry for single-crust pie

Preheat oven to 375.
Combine cushaw squash puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, and cloves in the bowl of a stand mixer or a medium sized bowl.  Add eggs and vanilla then beat lightly with the whisk attachment or with a hand whisk.  Stir in heavy cream.  Mix well.  Pour into a pastry-lined pie plate.  Bake on the lowest oven rack at 375-degrees for 50-60 minutes (until a knife blade or toothpick comes out clean). Chill before serving to firm up.  {recipe from Pretend Texas Farmer}

If you don’t know how to process the cushaw  Slice small piece off the bottom so it won’t roll.  Place on baking sheet and bake until it feels soft.  Remove from the oven and let cool. When you can handle it slice in half, scoop out seeds, then scoop out all the meat.  It may seem a little stringy, like spaghetti squash, but after you puree it it will be fine.  Done.
I think we liked this more than Pumpkin because of it’s milder taste.

What kind of PIE did the other Let’s Lunch members bring to the table? Find out below!

Ricotta Noodle Pie from Lisa.
Sweet Potato Pie from Lucy
Apple Pie Sammy from Anne
Tyler Pie from Nancy
Calamansi Pie from Elizabeth
Biscoff Banana and Pear Galette from Linda
Huckleberry Pie Ice Cream from Naomi
Herb Pie from Sarah
Empanadas from Jill
Mexican Cottage Pie from Cheryl
Chocolate Pie from Nancy.
Summer-Fall Hand Pies from Rebeccca.
Apple Pie from Grace
Grandma’s Chocolate Pie from Lisa
Caramel Apple Pie Sunday from Mai

And all the pie links and pics are on the Let’s Lunch FB Page.

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20 Responses to {Let’s Lunch} Don’t forget PIE……

  1. That pie (love the crust) and the cushaw look gorgeous! I’ve not made a squash pie before but now I want to try. Welcome to Let’s Lunch!!

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  3. Rebecca says:

    I love this post, Margaret! Your pie looks great, and the story is wonderful. Welcome to the group!

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  6. I’d like to merge your cushaw pie and Cheryl’s cottage pie and layer cushaws in a taco cottage pie … with your cushaw pie for dessert!

  7. Mai says:

    Welcome, Margaret! Your first post is timed with my first one since my hiatus. 🙂 Anyway. lovely pie. I just like saying the word cushaw. I will have to keep my eye out for them (or similar ones) at the farmers market. Any other squashes this recipe might work well with?

  8. Lucy says:

    Well, isn’t that the cutest thing? Love the cushaw pie and welcome to #LetsLunch!

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  10. HapaMamaGrace says:

    Welcome! What a fun story. The cushaw looks like a watermelon and a gourd had a baby. And I love the idea of making this sort of pie with different kinds of winter squash.

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  12. Welcome to #LetsLunch! I love all squash but have never heard of cumshaw– what a great name a how fun to discover it as a surprise in your garden! -Linda

  13. I have never had cushaw pie before but you just inspired me. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the blog visit. Nice to be in good company together with the #LetsLunch group!

  14. I have never had cushaw pie before but you just inspired me. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the blog visit. Nice to be in good company together with the #LetsLunch group!

  15. I have never had cushaw pie before but you just inspired me. Thanks for sharing the recipe and the blog visit. Nice to be in good company together with the #LetsLunch group!

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