Sunday, January 4, 2009
Butternut Squash Pizza
So, I'm going on hour 22 of having "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" stuck in my head. It has been attacking my brain like a glorious, catchy virus and I am suddenly not in the mood to listen to anything else. Is this why Top 40 music makes so much money? It is nefarious. And the part where she harmonizes on the word "attention" gives me chills all over my whole body.
What does this have to do with squash pizza, you may ask? Well, uh, not much. However, if marriage between one woman and one pizza were allowed, I might seriously consider proposing to this dish. Not because it is super fancy or roller-coaster-ride exciting. Rather, it is nourishing, subtly sweet, and uncomplicated. All qualities one might want in a life partner. Given the chance, I would totally put a ring on it.
Butternut Squash Pizza
1 pizza crust
(I like this recipe from Barbara Kingsolver's book Animal Vegetable Miracle.)
1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 medium sized onion, chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 1/2 teaspoon basil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons parmesan or soy parmesan.
Prepare the dough for your pizza crust, if necessary.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Put squash and onion in a large bowl with 3 tbsp of olive oil and rosemary, basil, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat.
On a baking sheet, spread out squash and onion mixture and bake for 20 minutes.
Turn oven down to 350 degrees.
Roll pizza dough out as thinly as possible and place on a baking sheet sprinkled with a pinch of cornmeal or breadcrumbs.
Spread remaining tbsp of olive oil on top of crust.
Cover crust with squash and onion mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan and additional salt and pepper if desired.
Bake for fifteen minutes or until crust starts to brown at edges.
-In the future I would add some cloves of garlic and maybe some sliced apples to the squash mixture while it is roasting.
-In keeping with the connection to Animal Vegetable Miracle, this is a very easy dish to make with local ingredients. This time of year here in freezing Ontario, local food is a bit hard to come by. At my neighbourhood health food store I can get squash and onions and garlic from local farms.
-This pizza would also go really well with some (not local, sadly) swiss chard on the side. Or maybe layered under the squash. The possibilities are endless, really.