Sunday, December 26, 2010

Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Round two of the gourmet pizzas.
The inspiration for this pizza was my friend Jamie, a budding chef herself who used butternut squash on a pizza she recently made.I know it may sound a little odd, but it actually works quite well. The squash is mild but adds nice texture and a little flavor. As you could tell I REALLY like caramelized onions. It goes with everything and I plan to revolutionize my next dessert recipe with them. Here, the onions are caramelized with thyme and the sweetness of the onions really compliments the squash and the creaminess of the ricotta with all of the above just puts it over the top. It does have a couple of steps but they are all pretty simple and if your using pre-made dough it really wont take you long at all.

Foccacia dough (recipe can be found in previous post)
olive oil
1 1/2 cups ricotta (seasoned with salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 Tablespoons sugar
thyme
Half of a butternut squash thinly sliced
2 tsp canola oil
1 tsp brown sugar
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella

Preheat your oven to 400. Saute the onions in a pan and season with thyme, one tablespoons sugar and salt and pepper. Let cook until they are caramelized and then let them cool. Spread some olive oil on the pan you will be using for the pizza and press the dough into the pan. Drizzle a little more olive oil on the dough itself and sprinkle with garlic powder. Spread the ricotta all over the dough leaving a little border and put the scatter the onions around. Toss the squash with the two teaspoons of canola oil and 1 tsp of brown sugar and salt and pepper and lay them over the onions. Sprinkle the mozzarella on top and bake.

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