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Old-Fashioned Cushaw Pie

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Early in the summer, I found an unknown plant growing in my front garden. Thinking it might be a squash vine, I let it grow and discovered cushaws! This type of squash is sweet like pumpkin but very green — they make a delectable pie filling!


  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup pine nuts


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

Mix Brussels sprouts, bacon, onion, olive oil, garlic powder, cayenne, and salt together in a large bowl. Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet.

Roast in the preheated oven until bacon is crispy and reaches 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 40 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven. Toss with pine nuts and serve.

Preparation time: 25 mins
Cook time: 55 mins
Total time: 1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 16 – Yield: 2 10-inch pies



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