Squash & sage pithivier

Make-ahead Christmas recipe for 1 people, takes only 30 mins; recipe has puff pastry, flour, wholegrain mustard, mascarpone, breadcrumb, sage, garlic clove, butternut squash and egg.

Squash & sage pithivier

Squash & sage pithivier

Recipe by Chef Soomro Course: Make-ahead Christmas


Prep time

20 mins


  • Garlic Clove: 1 garlic clove, finely grated to a paste
  • Egg: 1 egg, beaten
  • Butternut Squash: 1/2 the top end of a butternut squash (about 250g), thinly sliced into rounds
  • Breadcrumb: 1 tbsp breadcrumbs, fresh or dried
  • Flour: flour, for dusting
  • Sage: 6 sage leaves, chopped, plus a few extra to decorate
  • Wholegrain Mustard: 1 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Mascarpone: 4 tbsp mascarpone
  • Puff Pastry: 1/4 a 500g pack puff pastry


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Roughly halve the pastry, but make one half a tiny bit bigger. Roll the slightly smaller half out on a floured surface to a circle about 15cm in diameter. Spread over the mustard, leaving about a 2cm gap around the edge. Mix the mascarpone, breadcrumbs, chopped sage and garlic together and season generously.
  2. Arrange a few squash slices, overlapping, to cover the mustard. Spread with some of the mascarpone mixture. Repeat, making slightly smaller circles with the squash each time, and spreading mascarpone between each layer until the top is just one slice of squash and you have made a rough dome shape on the pastry.
  3. Thinly roll out remaining pastry. Use to cover the squash dome, gently pressing down on the veg to push out as much air as you can. Press the pastry edges to seal.At this stage, you can cover and chill the pie overnight, or freeze for 1 month. Defrost before continuing.Brush with beaten egg, then poke a tiny steam hole in the top and gently score patterns over the surface. Dip a few sage leaves in the remaining egg and stick on top. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 mins until a skewer poked through the steam hole goes through the veg easily.