Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gluten-Free Butternut Squash Cakes with Chef John and His Wacky Sidekick Stephanie

This video recipe for butternut squash cakes is a team effort between me and my friend, Stephanie Stiavetti, from Stephanie eats gluten-free, and since this is one area I have very little experience in, I gladly accepted her invitation to come over and film a GF dish.

I'm notoriously reclusive when working, so it was nice to get out for an afternoon of tag-team food blogging. We thought it would be fun to shoot the video together, but then each of us edit and post our own versions. I'm looking forward to seeing Stephanie's, and I hope she enjoys mine!

With all d
ue respect to Stephanie's performance with the "meat cleaver mirror" at the beginning of the video, the star of the show are these lovely, and very simple, squash cakes – little more than a shredded butternut squash patty, spiced with curry, and fried up to crispy-edged perfection.

Keys to this recipe's gluten-freeness are the two flours we used to bind the mixture. A corn flour, and a flour made from fava and garbanzo beans. They come from Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, a company that if you eat GF, or know someone who does, you're probably familiar with. I've included this store finder link for Bob's Red Mill, in case you're interested.

Whether you're eating gluten-free or not, this is just a really nice, and very easy, winter dish. I hope you give it a try, and I'll be sure to let you know when Stephanie posts her video. Enjoy!

Ingredients for about 4
butternut squash cakes :
A few tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
1/4 cup diced onions or shallots
2 cups packed grated raw butternut squash
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 large eggs
1/4 cup garbanzo and fava bean flour, also known as "garfava" flour (try Bob's Red Mill brand)
3 tablespoons corn flour (NOT masa - again, try Bob's Red Mill brand)
sour cream and pumpkin seeds for garnish, optional

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Stephanie Stiavetti said...

Such a fun afternoon! Thanks for coming over. :)

Chef John said...

No, thank you! And, yes it was. :-)

Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi said...

Love it! I've been a Wasabimon! fan for years. It's my go to site for GF recipes. I'd love to see Stephanie do more videos like this in future.

RecipeGirl said...

Very cute :) I think I might try this recipe!

Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart said...

These look terrific, and I have squash in the house this very second. Many thanks for offering an option for those of us who are poor and do not have a food processor.

debbie koenig said...

That was great! Loved the recipe, loved the video, and LOVED Stephanie's hair color!

Anonymous said...

Bought some squash tonight. But alas, no non-gluten flour so I'll just have to do it the gluten way. It'll still be good.

Selene said...

(account-less, anonymous person! Oh joy! )
One more ''to do'' recipe =)
Few months ago while searching for a recipe (chocolate lava cake), I came across this site. And, lemme say...pure awesomness. Since then your site is providing puny mortals like me with brag-with-your-stolen-cooking-skills-material! Even though in this country I live and so-called-city, we don't have all the ingredients so we have to improvise, still everything comes out just perfect! Must be some Chef John's curse of awesomness.
Ps. I love the way your wife spreads that ganache over Boston cream pie! From all those choco recipes I'll be dreaming ganache each night! (*eating truffles and chocolate chip cookies made according to your recipes* Thanks for sharing! )

Vera Marie Badertscher said...

Oh, that sounds so yummy. I always have a butternut squash around because I love them and get bored with the same old baked thing. Wouldn't this be a good base for creamed turkey or chicken?

Lexie | Lexie's Kitchen said...

What a GREAT team. Prime time here you come. Sure enjoy your work. You are a joy to listen to.

Anonymous said...

Great recipe! Another option for Hanukah latkes! Can't wait to try them. Do I have to wait until next Hanukah?:)

Sheryl said...

This was so much fun to watch. You make a great team! And the squash cakes look fantastic.

Mitzi An said...

Hi Chef
I found your YT channel 6 months ago and wanted to thank you for all that you do to help us eat better food made with our own hands. I just found your Cider Braised Brisket and I'm making it for a holiday party. Could you tell me how many you think it will serve? Thanks! **donation button..:)**

Chef John said...

Depends on your portion, but maybe 2 people per pound of brisket.

Rita said...

speaking of butternut, whatever happened to the, "Winter Lasagna with Butternut Squash and Broccoli Rabe" you were supposed to make? just wondering.

Pola said...

Sounds better than latkes!

Pola Rest said...

Sounds better than Latkes!

saraswati said...

CHEF! i have a food wish: lemon meringue pie. please!! thanks!!

Wendy said...

This was great! I subbed 3/8 cup almond flour for the bean and corn flours, and it worked very nicely. This will be a new staple in our home!