Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Turnovers


That’s what we call butternut squash in the Philippines. I never had a strong liking for it, prodding away the squash chunks from my soup bowl in beef nilaga, opting for the starchier potato. I would pick the green beans coated with the least amount of kalabasa in a local dish called ginataang sitaw at kalabasa (green beans and squash in coconut milk). I only liked to eat kalabasa in two things: 1) a dessert called biko, a sweet, sticky concoction made with glutinous rice, and 2) pureed in soup.

How things change.

After more than seven years of living in New England where, come fall, everyone seems obsessed with all things pumpkin and butternut and acorn and all things squash, I have now learned to appreciate butternut squash in more than two preparations. Now I myself can’t get enough of it, roasting it with cinnamon and brown sugar, making vegetarian chili, adding it in mac and cheese.  My most recent butternut squash kitchen creation were these Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Turnovers:

these little turnovers are perfect potluck/party food

I started making these turnovers at 10 p.m. for the next day’s potluck, thinking it would only take me 30 minutes or so, but all the cooking, mashing, cutting, filling, sealing, and crimping took longer than expected, so I did everything except bake them then just stored them in the fridge overnight covered in plastic wrap. The next morning I brushed the turnovers with an egg wash and they baked beautifully. Ideally I would’ve served these warm, but I brought this batch to my company’s lunch potluck and by then they were a little cold. Although at room temperature, they were still a big hit among my co-workers!

I just steamed the butternut squash then mashed it, then I added chopped sage for its peppery flavor and also some cayenne for spice

for the filling, I scooped out about a tablespoon of the butternut squash mixture into each puff pastry square (I used store-bought puff pastry sheets), then topped it with creamy goat cheese

then I folded each square into a triangle, pressed the edges together, and crimped them with a fork

it got a little crowded in there

Yield: 36 mini turnovers

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Turnovers


2 cups peeled and diced butternut squash
2 tablespoons chopped sage
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
6 oz goat cheese
4 sheets frozen puff pastry sheets (I used Pillsbury, and it had 2 sheets per box so I used two boxes)
1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Cook the butternut squash by either roasting, steaming, or microwaving. I used the microwave, nuking the butternut squash with a little water in a deep bowl covered by plastic wrap for about 12 minutes. Once it is tender enough to be easily pierced with a fork, mash it and add your spices: cayenne, salt, pepper and the chopped sage.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your puff pastry then cut into 3-inch squares. Each of my pastry sheets yielded 9 squares, so I ended up with 36 turnovers.
  4. Scoop out about a tablespoon of the squash filling onto each square, then top with a few crumbles of goat cheese. Fold the squares over to form triangles and crimp the edges decoratively with a fork. (If you are preparing these in advance, you can keep the pastries overnight in the fridge, tightly covered in plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out.)
  5. Arrange the turnovers baking sheets covered with parchment paper. Beat the egg in a separate bowl and use a pastry brush to brush the tops and sides of the turnovers. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Turnovers

Do you have a favorite kalabasa recipe?


42 Responses to “Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Turnovers”

  1. #
    christina posted November 2, 2011 at 8:11 am

    i want to eat a million of these! it doesn’t hurt tht they’re adorable.

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    Liz posted November 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

    These are impressive, even moreso because they seem so easy to make!

    I’ve experimented with a few kalabasa curry dishes that were awesome. Also I’ll saute some cubed squash with onions and then cook with couscous, quinoa, or whichever other grain I’m craving.

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    Beth @Sailing Foodie posted November 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

    WOW those look yummy! I may have to make these for a holiday pot luck dish this season! I have always loved roasted squash, but this good be a new favorite! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Erica @ In and Around Town posted November 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

    These look a perfect fall appetizer! I think I just came up with my Thanksgiving appetizer!

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    Melanie @ Melanie Cooks posted November 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    These turnovers look so yummy! I’m sure I’d end up eating too many of these :)

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    Heather posted November 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Yum, goat cheese! I just bought a Butternut Squash risotto at Trader Joe’s that I’m very excited to try :-).

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      I will make a TJs run this weekend and look for that butternut squash risotto too! Thanks for the heads up :)

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted November 2, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Too funny – I was thinking of making butternut squash turnovers this weekend (we have 2 HUGE ones from our CSA). They look awesome!

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    A Plum By Any Other Name posted November 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Bianca! These look awesome. I got about 8 from my grandmother and still have two left. Want to take a guess as to how I might make use of my remaining bounty?

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    Michelle posted November 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    These turnovers look like they were worth the effort!

  10. #
    meesh posted November 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    wow, these look excellent. im hungry.

  11. #
    Hannah posted November 2, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Add goat cheese to *anything* and I’m there! This looks amazing! Is it naughty to imagine it with sweet chilli sauce? :P

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Hannah, not naughty at all to imagine these with a sweet chili sauce. More like genius.

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    Tiffany posted November 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for the language school! I bought calabasa squash last month and wasn’t sure what exactly it was since I’ve never heard of it. I like it though even though it didn’t look like butternut, it had a very similar taste.

    These look amazing btw, soooooo hungry right now.

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal posted November 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Turnovers!! It’s been forever since I’ve had one, and those look delicious. Stuff anything with goatcheese and I’ll eat it :-P

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

      Or stuff anything with cheese, and I’ll like it ;)

  14. #
    Megan posted November 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I wish these (and you) had made it over this weekend. They look so good. Hope you are feeling better!

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    iya posted November 3, 2011 at 2:45 am

    kalabasa in bico? havent tried that. i like kalabasa and patola guisado.

    this kalabasa and cheese turnover will be so good with a bowl of hot soup. chicken-tomato perhaps. :)

    love your blog!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 4, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      Hi Iya, thanks for the note! One of my loas in Pampangga makes the best bico :) And yes, I think these would go perfectly with some tomato soup!

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    Joanne posted November 3, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I’m SO glad you came around to my favorite veggie! These turnovers sound amazing. The sweet squash with teh tang of goat cheese…pretty heavenly.

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted November 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Two of my favorite ingredients in a nice little package! Looks delicious.

  18. #
    Lee posted November 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    These look delicious. I actually bought a butternut squash last week and have no idea what to do with it!

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Lee! Let me know if you end up making these mini turnovers!

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    cassandre posted November 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    i love anything with goat cheese.. :-) thanks for the recipe..

  20. #
    Elizabeth posted November 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I want one!!! Squash and goat cheese are delicious together

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    Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog posted November 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    This look AMAZING! I seriously craving it now after seeing this recipe. I love your blog and I’m so glad that I found it. You have some amazing recipes and I’m looking forward to reading more! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 4, 2011 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much Kim! Looking forward to reading more from your blog too :)

  22. #
    grace posted November 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    what a unique turnover filling! the medley of slightly sweet squash and tangy goat cheese would be lovely–nicely done!

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    Jamie Walker posted November 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Looks so good! I’m gonna have to try making those and veganizing them. ;)

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks Jamie, let me know how your vegan version turns out!

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    Baking Serendipity posted November 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    These look wonderful! Goat cheese is the food I’ve become more accustomed to lately. I would love these…and bet they would make a seriously impressive appetizer at a fall party :)

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    Mary posted November 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

    These turned out beautifully! Why do some kitchen prep jobs take hours longer than expected?! I hate that. But these look like they were well worth the effort.

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Mary, yes, these were definitely worth the time! And the batch I froze baked pretty nicely too, so I was doubly satisfied :)

  26. #
    Tracey posted November 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Oh holy yummy these look delicious! Thank you!

  27. #
    Christin posted November 7, 2011 at 12:29 am

    These look so delicious! I can’t seem to get enough butternut squash this fall.

  28. #
    shannon posted November 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    omg, these look heavenly! so many delicious things… yum.

  29. #
    Simply Life posted November 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I think you just gave me the perfect idea of how to get my husband to eat MORE squash! :)

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    Danielle @ The Growing Foodie posted November 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    These look delicious and perfect for our Thanksgiving table next week :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted November 17, 2011 at 11:59 am

      Thanks Danielle! Let me know if you do end up making them!

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    AikoVenus posted January 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    This is my first time at your site and boy do these look delicious! ^^ Your pictures are so gorgeous too!

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      Bianca Garcia posted January 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Thank you Aiko! I am planning on making these again soon!

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