November 16, 2009

Big Girl Food

I made Roasted Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Pizza. (Doesn't it sound so grown up?). I caramelized onions--never done that before. I roasted butternut squash--haven't roasted anything in a long time. I felt like such a big girl making somewhat sophisticated food. Of course, PE didn't really like the grown up food but I guess you can't have it all. (K1 and K2 at work both enjoyed it as did K2's Hubs.)

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Butternut Squash and Caramelized Onion Pizza
from Homemade Happiness
Print Recipe

2 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper

Caramelized Onions:
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1-2 sweet onions, peeled and thinly sliced

2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

To prepare-Spread dough to desired size and thickness and lightly toast for 7-10 minutes before adding toppings.

Squash: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss butternut squash, brown sugar, oil salt and pepper. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes and then flip squash. Bake another 15 minutes or until tender. Set aside.

Onions: While squash is baking, heat oil and butter in pan. Add onions and saute until they begin to caramelize. Cook on med-low for about 30 minutes to get them golden and sweet. Set aside.

Sauce: Melt butter in saucepan. Whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk, bring to boil over med-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce thickens. Whisk in nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Assembly: Preheat oven to 425. Spread sauce evenly over lightly toasted crust. Evenly distribute the onions over the pizza. Likewise with the squash. Spread an even amount of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese over squash. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted and bubbly.

++You can purchase a crust or you can make this crust.

++I really like caramelized onions, I can't believe I haven't ever done that before. (Of course next time I plan on getting it right the first time instead of the second.) The leftovers reheated nicely.

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