Savoury Vegetable baklava with butternut squash and tomatoes

Butternut Squash & Tomato Baklava Recipe

55 Minutes
Serves: 2

Our mouth watering savoury vegetable baklava is created using soft layers of butternut squash and warm spiced tomato sauce encased in crisp filo pastry, baked till golden brown and then drizzled with melted honey. Serve with a delicious green salad

Recipe Ingreds


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 25 grams butter
  • 0.5 butternut squash
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 sheets filo pastry
  • 0.5 tsp ground ginger
  • 6 tsp honey
  • 1 onions
  • salt (to taste)
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • 100 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 0.5 cucumber
  • 40 grams Salad leaves

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • set the oven to 190C 375F or gas mark 5

Step 2

  • peel and chop the butternut squash into cube
  • lightly coat the baking tray with some of the oil using a pastry brush
  • add the butternut squash cubes to the Baking tray and coat the cubes in oil
  • place in the oven
  • bake for 15 minutes turning once part way through cooking

Step 3

  • half fill a pan with water and boil
  • prick tomatoes and place in boiling water for 5 mins

Step 4

  • heat the remaining oil in the frying pan
  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely
  • Add the onions to the frying pan and cook until soft

Step 5

  • while the onions are cooking

Step 6

  • drain the tomatoes and place in cold water

Step 7

  • remove the skins from the tomatoes
  • chop tomatoes removing the hard central core

Step 8

  • add the cinnamon, turmeric and ginger to the onions cook for 1-2 minute on a low heat

Step 9

  • add the chopped tomatoes to the frying pan
  • cook for 5 mins
  • add 1/3 of the honey to the tomatoes
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary

Step 10

  • Take the butternut squash out of the oven, check it is soft

Step 11

  • melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave, or in a small pan
  • place the three sheets of filo on some cling film, cut into thirds or halves (based on size of your pie dish). Cover with cling film to stop it drying out while you create the baklava
  • coat the pie dish with butter using the pastry brush
  • coat each layer of pastry with melted butter using the pastry brush
  • add couple of layers of pastry to form the base

Step 12

  • place a layer of tomato into the pie dish then a layer of roasted butternut squash . Then add 3 layers of filo pastry coat with butter. Then repeat the layers ending with a filo layer.
  • Place an additional layer of filo pastry on to the top and brush with butter, cut a criss cross pattern on the top to create diamond shapes
  • place in the oven
  • cook for 15 mins to 20 mins

Step 13

  • While the baklava is cooking

Step 14

  • wash mixed leaves and place in a serving bowl.
  • place a cross on the top of the cucumber
  • then slice the cucumber to form quarters
  • sprinkle over the salad leaves
  • wash the cherry tomatoes and then slice in half
  • sprinkle over the salad leaves

Step 15

  • place the remaining honey in a bowl or pan and melt in the microwave or on the stove
  • remove the baklava from the oven cut the baklava and place on a serving plate , pour over some honey and serve with salad

Recipe Utensils

  • 2 baking tray
  • 2 chopping board
  • 1 cling film
  • 1 frying pan
  • 2 large knife
  • 3 medium bowl
  • 1 medium pan
  • 1 pastry brush
  • 1 rectangular pie dish
  • 1 small bowl

How to make butternut and tomato baklava

The butternut squash is roasted in the oven, fresh tomatoes are added to cooked onion and the sauce is flavoured with cinnamon, turmeric and ground ginger. The tomato sauce and butternut squash are layered together between delicate buttered filo pastry,  baked in the oven till golden brown and served with melted honey and a mixed green salad. This recipe is a great alternative to the more traditional butternut squash tarts or vegetable traybakes and perfect for vegetarians

When and how to serve savoury baklava

This dish is perfect all year round, and is a delicious alternative to your usual winter or summer savoury tart. Whatever the weather we prefer this dish served warm with a light green salad,

What makes our vegetarian baklava the best

We have combined two vegetables that pair well with honey, butternut squash and tomatoes to create a completely new vegetarian savoury baklava,. The secret ingredients that make this dish delicious is the subtle use of cinnamon, turmeric and ground ginger. 

Savoury vegetable baklava for your vegetarian dinner party

This baklava makes the ideal brunch or light main course for any dinner party especially if you are looking for a special dish for a vegetarian dinner party, or a Greek themed party. 

What is Baklava

It is traditionally a sweet dish made with filo pastry chopped nuts and honey, its exact origin is unknown, but it is assumed to come from the middle east region or Turkey/Greece. The baklava that we know today is thought to come from Istanbul. In recent years there have been many new savoury recipes for baklava as the filo and honey mixture lends itself well to many savoury dishes. 

Other vegetarian butternut squash recipes

Jerk Sweet Potato & Black Bean Stew with Rice & Peas

Leek & Butternut Squash risotto with walnut & sage crumb

Roast Butternut, Beet & Goats Cheese Tart

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