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Monday, November 18, 2013

Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions

My husband and I love artisan pizza. A few times a month, we'll look at the specials at our local pizza joint that specializes in local, seasonal and fresh ingredients and order us a small pie to share.

This meatless pizza was inspired by their pumpkin sage pizza (that week we added local Italian sausage) from a few weeks ago. Instead of pumpkin, I used baked butternut squash slices.

Butternut Squash Pizza with Caramelized Onions

1 pizza crust (we make our own using this recipe)

1/2 Butternut squash, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 onion, sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Mozzarella cheese (amount is up to you)
Parmesan cheese (amount is up to you)
Sage leaves (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the butternut squash slices by brushing with 1/8 cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet for 20 minutes until tender.

Caramelize the onion by melting the butter and sautéing the onions for 8-10 minutes.

Roll out pizza dough according to your instructions. When butternut squash is done, preheat oven to 500 degrees for the pizza. Mix together 1/8 olive oil with the pressed garlic clove and brush on the pizza crust. Take ricotta cheese and spread on the pizza crust. Lay the squash slices on top of the ricotta cheese and top with onions, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add sage leaves frying for 1 minute on each side. Top  fried sage lives on pizza.



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