It’s that time of year again; pumpkin has burst unabatedly onto the culinary scene to become, for one month only, more popular than even chocolate is. There are sweet pumpkin pies, bowls of pumpkin soup and loaves of pumpkin bread aplenty, but here you’ll find something a little alternative. I give you my recipe for a thoroughly savoury and utterly delicious Pumpkin and Chorizo Pie.
In terms of texture, pies can often be very bland; a bit of a flat, mushy landscape. The consistency of baked pumpkin, for instance, is largely similar to that of mash. As such, it’s important to incorporate a firmer, meatier element – enter chorizo! Large chunks of spicy sausage succeed in adding variety to a pie that may otherwise prove a little on the soft side. Happily, the paprika based chorizo also combines with the sweet autumn fruit to excellent effect, giving rise to a diverse and delicious filling.
Pumpkin and Chorizo Pie
• 1 2kg pumpkin, in small chunks (skin removed)
• 1 chorizo sausage (60-70g), in small chunks
• 2 medium-sized potatoes, quartered
• 1 clove of garlic, finely sliced
• 20g parmesan, grated (optional)
• 1 tbsp olive oil
1. Coat your chunks of pumpkin in oil and a pinch of salt. Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 180C, until soft and a little golden. Meanwhile, boil your potatoes until soft enough to mash.
2. Mash together the potato and a quarter of the roasted pumpkin. Fry the remaining pumpkin with the chorizo and garlic until the meat is a little crispy.
3. Take a suitably sized oven-proof dish (roughly 15cm in diameter), tip in the contents of the frying pan and cover liberally with the pumpkin mash. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake in the oven at 180C for 20 minutes, or until golden. Serve immediately.
Cost: Well, this is certainly the correct season for pumpkin and if you shop around you can pick up a decently-sized fruit for around £1. Chorizo isn’t too expensive either at around £1.50/100g. All in all, this pie (or pies) should set you back no more than around £1.70.
37 replies on “Pumpkin and Chorizo Pie”
I really like this – it is a great recipe for this time of year, and I’m sure you’re right about what the chorizo can bring to the pumpkin. But more popular than chocolate? I’m not convinced about that!
Thanks :). Ok, perhaps I was exaggerating, but you get the idea!
I can’t help it, Rosemary.
I’ve just pinned this one, Nick! It looks so pretty.. and yummy for the last week of October and our newly falling snow!
Thanks for doing that 🙂 – I want snow!
What a tasty combination! Lovely dish and beautiful photos.
It sure was, Daisy! Thanks 🙂
What a great idea – my inbox and pinterest have been bombarded with sweet pumpkin recipes from our northern hemispher brethren but I have to admit, I’m more partial to its inclusion in savoury dishes. Will have to give this a go…
I’m glad I could offer some variety! Please do…
My youngest (21) carved a pumpkin last night. She did the Alien with the big brain from Mars Attacks. Best use of a pumpkin I’ve seen in a while.Mind you, this comes very close. It looks fantastic.
Surely not old enough to have a 21 year old daughter, Conor?! 😉 – that does sound somewhat awesome – picture evidence?
Ah – the link doesn’t work! I’ll visualise it!
No, have a look at my FB page. I shared it last night.
It’s still not there for me, Conor 😀 – perhaps it’s private in some way. All I can see is a pumpkin strapped into a car seat 😀 – you seem to have a lot of fun with pumpkins…
Darnation! FB privacy is far too complicated. I shared it publicly.
I love this idea.
It works well, Greg 😀
I love chorizo. I love pumpkin. Cannot think of a better combination. Delicious.
Thanks, Skye – they work so well together.
I’d sure love to come home to this pie for dinner on a cold Fall or Winter day. It sounds delicious.
It is perfect for just that evening – make it 😀
I love fresh pumpkin. Great pics!
It’s so nice to see a savory pumpkin dish amidst the onslaught of sweet renditions. Mixing chunks of pumpkin and chorizo with creamy mash sounds like my kind o’pie. Thanks for this!
I thought it would be appreciated. Glad you like it 🙂
I can’t do chorizo Nick, but man do you make this look beautiful!
Thank you – it’s nice of you to say so 🙂
I agree – bacon is amazing though.
THIS LOOKS AMAZING!!!! What a unique combination of ingredients, thanks so much for sharing!!!
Thank you so much – please make it and enjoy it 🙂
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I never would’ve thought to pair pumpkin with chorizo. Looks delish!
I’m glad I could help give you the idea :). It works wonderfully well.
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