Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza
There is nothing better than the flavor combination of blue cheese, roasted squash seeds and the taste of a balsamic glaze. Believe me, I couldn’t stop myself from eating it as we made this meal. Now think about also adding some prosciutto, and roasted squash on a pizza, and you’ve got a little slice of yum!
So if your still wondering, why squash on a pizza? First of all, I don’t know about you, but roasted squash is so delicious this time of year. Maybe it’s a comfort thing? Or maybe, it’s just the smell when you roast it? And, why not! It’s definitely something different from the normal, red sauce and pepperoni. And plus, this pizza has the perfect combination of sweet, salty and tangy. All in one!
We used to go to a restaurant that served the best squash pizza. I guess you can say, we were inspired. Unfortunately, they are no longer in business, so I’m so glad we’ve discovered how to make it at home…and you can too!
What you’ll need:
- 1 butternut squash (save squash seeds)
- 1 ball of pizza dough (recipe on the blog)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Blue cheese crumbles
- Parmesan cheese
- Balsamic vinegar
Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Wash and cut the top, and bottom off your butternut squash. Then cut it in half the long way. Scoop out the guts and seeds and place in a bowl, and set aside. Place the butternut squash on a sheet pan, rub the flesh side with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven for approx 50 mins. Or until your squash is soft.
After your squash is in the oven, it’s now time to roast your seeds. You’ll have to wash your seeds first. Fill up your bowl with water, then run them through a strainer. Repeat, until they are clean. Then make sure they are dry. Place them in a sauté pan with olive oil, and let them cook on low. Keep a lid handy. These things can pop like popcorn. And make sure to season them with a little salt and pepper. I made 2 batches. These things are delicious. This is your warning. Make sure you save enough to garnish your pizza.
Now it’s time to make your balsamic glaze. You’ll need a small pan, add approx half a cup, and cook on low and continue to stir. It’s ready when the liquid coats your spoon. It should be sweet. Now, set that aside. It will be drizzled on your pizza, once it’s cooked.
The next step is to roll out your pizza dough. If you follow our pizza dough recipe, you’ll only need one of the dough balls. Even though, if you wanted to make 2 squash pizzas, you should have just enough ingredients.
Once your squash is done, scoop it out and place in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Increase your oven to 500 degrees (the hotter the better) and then spoon your roasted squash on to your rolled out pizza dough, just like you would with pizza sauce.
Then add a thin layer of mozzarella, blue cheese and add your prosciutto. And grated Parmesan cheese on top, before you place it in the oven.
Cook your pizza for approx 10 mins or until it’s done. Then take it out, and garnish with the roasted squash seeds. Some grated parmesan. Then drizzle it with your balsamic glaze.
I think you’ll agree, this is definitely a slice of yum!