Butternut Squash Pilaf

September/October 2008

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Grated butternut squash adds color and nutrients to this brown rice pilaf. Greeks like to use winter squash, especially pumpkin, to make savory and sweet pies, fritters and croquettes, casseroles and myriad other dishes with fall's telltale vegetables, but these dishes are virtually unknown outside the country. It's traditionally made with pumpkin, but since most pumpkins in the U.S. are grown for carving jack-o'-lanterns (and not for cooking), we've modified the recipe to work with readily available butternut squash. The original dish calls for Greek pilaf rice, a short-grained, polished rice that is hard to find outside the country, so we've substituted instant brown rice.

"Loved this!! "
Butternut Squash Pilaf

4 Reviews for Butternut Squash Pilaf


This was terrible, way to much squash, not enough rice incredibly bland! Had to throw the whole thing away. Would never make again, waste of time and effort.

Really Great!

We had this tonight; it was really great! I used parboiled brown rice and followed the recipe exactly. This recipe was so easy and yielded great results! My husband had never had butternut squash before and this was a super way to introduce it to him - he loved it as much as I did! Definately a keeper!!

Flavorful, easy, healthy!

Loved this!!


This wasn't bad. My boyfriend really liked it, but although I love butternut squash, I felt there was too much in the recipe. I would cut it in half if I make it again. Too much squash gave it a mushy texture that I just didn't care for.


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