Sausage & Butternut Squash Phyllo Pie; devious electric meters

I have mentioned in the past that buying pastry of all sorts is very cheap and easy here. It’s never frozen and there is a lot of variety

I use puff pastry often for little tarts and pizzas, and phyllo dough for samosas, nems and spring rolls. You can see them all under Tarts, Spring Rolls, etc.

The problem with phyllo is that there are 12 sheets in a package. When I make spring rolls I use 2 sheets. 

Even though the package costs less than a euro, my frugal nature insists on using all of it. 

I make spring rolls 2 or 3 times,…. then a Phyllo Pie.

I planned ahead for this one and roasted extra butternut squash the night before. You could also cut it into small cubes and simply fry it with the onion and sausage.

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Sausage & Butternut Squash Phyllo Pie

Purchased phyllo makes this an easy and fun ‘pie’.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pizza, Pies, and Quiches


  • 6 sheets phyllo
  • 12 tbs olive oil
  • 8oz (250gr) sausages, sliced 1/2″ (1.5cm) thick
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 10oz (300gr) butternut squash or pumpkin, roasted
  • 2oz (60gr) feta, crumbled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) crème fraîche, plain yogurt or sour cream
  • 2/3 cup (5oz, 150ml) milk
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • Heat 1 tbs oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add onion, sausage, and sauté 10 minutes, until onions are tender and sausage cooked through.
  • Drain any excess oil.
  • Add herbs, paprika and set aside
  • Whisk eggs, milk and crème fraîche, Set aside
  • Lightly oil a 9″ (22 cm) pie or quiche plate.
  • Working quickly, and keeping remaining phyllo sheets covered:
  • Lay one sheet of phyllo flat and lightly brush all over with olive oil
  • Place in quiche plate and, using the side of your hand, shape it to fit the inside, leaving the edges hang over the side.
  • Repeat with remaining 5 sheets of phyllo, placing each one at a ‘1/6 turn’ of the quiche plate.
  • Spread butternut squash on the crust.
  • Spread sausage and onion on the squash
  • Top with feta.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the top.
  • Loosely fold the edges of the phyllo over the top. Mine did not cover to the center.
  • Bake, 400F (200C) for 35 – 40 minutes, or until top is set.
  • Remove and let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Remember to keep unused / waiting phyllo sheets covered as they dry out quickly.
It’s easier to handle if you put the pie on a baking sheet before filling.

Keywords: phyllo, pie, butternut squash

Sausage and Butternut Squash Phyllo Pie

One of my household tasks has been replaced by an electronic device.

For as long as we have lived in this house it has been my job to read the electric meter.

It has been a difficult, stressful job….

Every 2 months I read the meter, write down the numbers, go online and enter them into our account. The whole routine takes me almost a full 5 minutes.

But no more!

Today, our old-fashioned electric meter has been replaced with a new, modern one that communicates directly (GASP!) with the electric company.

EDF will now know our electrical usage in real time.

There are some in our neighborhood that have been concerned with this close monitoring.

Questions have been asked…. Will they be able to use this to spy on us? Listen to our conversations? Create YouTube videos of our embarrassing moments?

I have tried to reassure them…. The actual wires carrying the electricity have not been changed and the box hidden away in the barn has limited mobility to spy.

Plus there are so many, much easier ways – like phones, computers, tablets. Things that are actually in the house that are actually used.

And then there is the minor detail that what could we possibly do that would be of interest to anyone anywhere for any reason.


Maybe I don’t know my neighbors as well as I think. I wonder what they’re up to that they’re so worried?

I think I’ll activate the recording device in the electric meter…..

6 thoughts on “Sausage & Butternut Squash Phyllo Pie; devious electric meters”

  1. We’ve had the communicating meter for almost a year. Even though the meter was read every month by one of their employees (I insisted – no theoretical usage every other month) our bill went up by 25%. I know my usage isn’t any more than the previous year and mine didn’t go up as much as some who have been forced to use the meter. Theirs went up by 100%. So keep your old readings and keep an eye on your new ones. They’ll tell you if you call to question that it’s no longer possible to have any mistakes because ‘it’s all electronically read,’ which is BS. The meters are only as accurate as the people who program them and who knows if they’re programmed to give the electric company the upper hand…

    Sorry, ongoing rant…

    Happy New Year!!

    • I’ve heard other stories. I read the meter most months and reported it myself. A technician came round once or twice a year to read it for the company. We can watch the light blink with our usage…. Fancy! We shall see.
      Happy New Year to you (late)

  2. Oh that pie is divine, just my sort of thing . And re the electric usuage meters…well I have zero idea how they measure it here in Morocco. I think some type of meter for each apartment lives in a cupboard in the foyer of the building but as long as the price remains at around 36 euros a month then I cannot complain….or does that sound like a lot ???

    • Oh, my no…. that is not a lot. At least not compared to French prices, It’s one of those things that is quite expensive here (to offset so much that is cheap) As long as it works….

  3. This looks wonderful! And it’s reminding me of a dish I used to get at an Egyptian restaurant – alas, the restaurant has been closed for eons. She called her dish “Charlotte” and, as I recall, the filling inside the puff pastry was layered eggplant, peppers, tomato, onion, and???

    It was fabulous. I WISH I had the recipe. In the meantime, I will take comfort in your sausage and butternut squash pie.

    • I first saw this on a ‘North African’ cooking show (British – they’re always so politically correct) I promptly forgot the recipe and couldn’t find the right pastry, but there you have it. I’m happy with mine lol

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