Butternut Squash Pizza
About 6 months ago, I watched my first episode of Lost. 2 months later, I finished the final episode. That’s right, 6 seasons in 2 months. Don’t tell me I didn’t have a life.
Since I completely missed the whole Lost bandwagon while the show was on (and therefore missed having about a thousand heart attacks due to cliff hanger episodes and white flashes that don’t get resolved until the next season) I decided that this Halloween I would celebrate Lost and its most amazing character: the smoke monster.
No, no one really got what I was. But it does look like Project Runway threw up on me.
And since I love cooking with a theme, I just had to enter Rachel’s Project Tasteless for this week.
The challenge was to create a pizza based on your Halloween costume. Hmmm….
Maybe I would go all John Locke on the ingredients?
Maybe I would make a pizza of Claire’s favorite food?
Nah, I had to go with my costume in all its glory: Smoke Monster Pizza!
But in reality, we still had to eat, and not that Smoke Monster pizza doesn’t taste delicious because well, it doesn’t.
When I saw the plea to make this pizza on Rachel’s blog a couple of weeks ago, I knew it would fit the Lost bill. Creamy ricotta, rich squash, and bursting with herbs? It just makes me want to yell,
“We have to go baaaack!”
(and make this again!)
“We Have To Go Back” Pizza (aka Butternut Squash Pizza)
Preheat oven to 450*
Peel the butternut squash and cut into 1 inch pieces, removing the seeds. Peel the onion and slice in 1 inch rings.
Toss the squash and onion with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Put on a roasting tray and roast for 25 minutes, or until squash is soft. (Stir halfway through cooking).
In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, garlic, and some more salt and pepper. Season with any extra herbs (thyme is great!).
Roll out your pizza dough. Top with a layer of the ricotta cheese, then the roasted squash and onion. Chop up sage leaves and sprinkle over top. Bake according to dough instructions.
Savor, and be happy you’re not stuck on an island.