Monday, October 6, 2014

butternut squash pizza . . .

Butternut squash pizza . . . . it's so light and delicious . . . and easy to make!

'Tis the season for Fall vegetables like butternut squash! 

I'm sure you've also seen them at your local market. Have you noticed too, that they taste wonderful in just about anything!

My favorite way to eat them is roasted with olive oil, and then sprinkled with a little salt and pepper.

Their mild sweetness is a wonderful compliment to savory dishes like stews, soups, chilies, and pasta dishes. Yum!

I bought this beautiful butternut squash to add to a very simple, yet delicious pizza. 

Don't let the tough skin deter you from buying them. I've found the easiest way to remove the tough outer skin is by cutting the top and bottom off, so that you can stand it upright securely; and then using a sharp peeler, just peel the skin off using long strokes. 

I used a mandolin slicer to make even, thin slices to top the pizza. 

I prepared the pizza two ways . . . on a sheet pan AND in a cast iron pan.

My kids love it prepared on a sheet pan . . . but I prefer the incredibly yummy crispy crust that forms when it's baked in a cast iron pan.

Both methods are prepped the same way . . . by using olive oil to prepare the surface; but something magical happens to the crust when it bakes in the cast iron pan (smile).

recipe below!

Be sure and top with fresh baby arugula and a drizzle of olive oil for added flavor and freshness. Serve alongside glorious roasted sausages to make this meal complete! 

                       Welcome, welcome Fall cooking!

butternut squash pizza
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1/3 pound pizza dough
* I use Trader Joe's ready-made pizza dough
1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese with cracked pepper
1/2 cup butternut squash, sliced thin
1 Tablespoon fresh sage leaves
salt and pepper
1 cup baby arugula
olive oil
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Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

Spread dough on oiled baking sheet to form a 12-inch circle. Sprinkle most of the cheese on the dough, followed by the squash and sage leaves.

Sprinkle remaining cheese on top, with 1/4 teaspoon each of sea salt and ground pepper.

Bake for 12 - 15 minutes, until cheese is golden.

Allow to cool slightly before slicing and dressing with arugula, a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper.

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  1. OMG, that looks delicious...I never in a million years would have thought to put butternut squash on a pizza! I am anxious to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That looks really good. My mom loves to use her cast iron skillet and she loves pizza and squash. I think this recipe will be perfect for her. Hopefully, she'll share! :)

  3. Looks delicious Suzanne. I am going to have to try this. I have only had this as soup or roasted.


  4. Suzanne, simple perfect! What gorgeous images. I'm putting this on my menu next week... and pinning!

  5. I LOVE butternut squash and this recipe looks and sounds ah-maazing! are so creative in the kitchen. Pinning to make!!
    Thanks for sharing your pizza with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  6. This looks great! I'm loving squash right now, and just made a butternut soup for dinner. This will be next on my list! :) Pinned!

  7. Thanks for giving me my idea for Friday Pizza Night this week!

  8. This pizza looks amazing! I also love your suggestion of how to peel the butternut squash, great idea! :) Found you at the Foodie Fridays!

  9. Oh yum! I would love this, but would have to make it for me and some gal pals. Hubby doesn't like any winter squash. Crazy, right? I love it all!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. Oh wow, this looks amazing. I definitely like the simplicity of flavours on pizza and this one is perfect!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  11. Never thought of squash on pizza...but it looks amazing!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday @ 3GLOL last week. We love seeing what you link up every week! Hope to see you again this week. Party goes live at 8pm CST Monday.

    Have a great week!

  12. I've never thought to use butternut squash like this - looks amazing! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. Anonymous7:24 AM

    How delicious, I love making the most out of seasonal produce. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas


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