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Butternut Squash Pizza

How do you turn a kind of crappy day into a win? Well if you happen to have some squash, pizza crust, and few other ingredients, you can make a very tasty pizza.

I had made pizza on Saturday and had some leftover dough and had been to the Farmers Market on Saturday and picked up a few different varieties of squash. On a tip from a friend, I hunted down a recipe for a squash pizza. Epicurious came through with this recipe.

I had to track down a few ingredients but it was really simple. First you need to cook the squash, I roasted mine in the oven as I do not own a microwave. While that was happening, I got the dough ready.

I rolled it out and let it warm up a bit as it had been in the fridge. After the squash was done I cooked it at 425 for about 8 minutes to get it mostly done. The recipe is technically for grilled pizza, so you need to adapt if you want to use oven baked crust.

I seasoned the squash with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. I used whole nutmeg for the first time ever.

Topping was simple, top with cheese, add some carmelized onions, and then dollops of squash and a sprinkle of parsley.

Throw that in the oven for about 7-10 minutes and you have one tasty pizza.

My recommendations are to use plenty of cheese and salt. I was a little dissapointed in the amount of contrast between the squash and cheese. It was still good, but would have been better with about an extra 1/2 cup of cheese and some more salt on the onions.

You can find a few more photos on Flickr.


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