Sunday, November 6, 2011

Acorn Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Rosemary Pizza

I would recommend serving this pizza in small squares as an appetizer. This is a white pizza that uses a simple olive oil and garlic base. I changed up my usual pizza dough recipe by adding brown sugar for a sweeter crust.

Slightly Sweet Pizza Dough

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups flour and 1/4 cup flour, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt

1. Mix yeast, water, and sugar together. Let stand about 10 minutes, until mixture has bubbles.
2. In a food processor fitted with a dough hook, mix yeast mixture with all other ingredients until just combined.
3. Put dough in a bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until dough doubles in size, about 30 minutes.
4. Sprinkle flour on surface. Roll out dough until desired shape.

Acorn Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Rosemary Pizza
Serves 10 as an appetizer

Slightly sweet pizza dough
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/2 acorn squash, pealed and diced
1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 large garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoon olive oil, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Salt and pepper

1. Toss small acorn squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until soft.
2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over low heat in pan. Add garlic clove and cook about 5 minutes, until garlic is cooked, but not browned. Pour olive oil and garlic mixture into a bowl and add salt and pepper.
3. In same pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over low heat. Add onions and cook slowly for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon brown sugar.
4. Top pizza dough with garlic and olive oil. Top with cheeses, acorn squash and caramelized onions. Sprinkle rosemary on top.
5. Cook at 400 degrees from about 20 minutes.

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