Monday, November 12, 2012

Butternut Squash, Red Onions and Goat Cheese Pizza with a Balsamic Drizzle

Hey fellow blog reading foodies! I know it has been quite some time since I have made a post here. School and work appeared to have taken over my life. No seriously. I haven't eaten anything since my last post. Ya .. NOTHING... obviously kids. But I realized that post-writing has turned into a form of artistic expression, and I need to... express myself. Also, Come Dine with me Canada is back on... so inspiration is nothing but lacking! HA.

So for my debut post, I am returning with the ultimate awesomeness. Pizza, yall know I love me some pizza! So lets just a little cooky together and make some crazy pizza.

Butternut Squash, Red Onions and Goat Cheese Pizza with a Balsamic Drizzle
Time: 30 mins         CPS: $1.50 (2 pieces)          L of D: Undergraduate                

- 1 Large pizza crust
- 1 1/cups of Butternut Squash
- 1-2 large Red Onions sliced (they cook down a lot!)
- 1/4 cup of Goat Cheese .... or more obviously
- 2 TBsp or 1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinegar (***see below for deets)
- 1 Tbsp of Butter
- Handful of chopped Parsley
- Olive Oil
- Salt n Pepa

First thing you do - preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and chop your butternut squash into small cubes. Throw them in a casserole dish and toss with a bit of olive oil and S&P. Put in oven for about 20 minutes.

Then start the onions by melting your butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Throw in sliced red onions and toss until coated with butter. Cook down until translucent and tender, keep an eye on it and stir it every so often. These will take the majority of the time frame in order for them to be caramelized - but as you all know me, I can't wait the full amount, so I just cook them for about 30 mins. I am happy with this result!

Put your pizza crust on a baking sheet and drizzle a little olive oil over the surface. Put in oven according to package directions (you can put it in at the same time as the squash if you want! That's what I did at least)

Once the squash and onions are finished, toss them together in a bowl. Spread it all over the cooked pizza dough. Sprinkle over the goat cheese and place back in oven for approximately 3-5 mins.

Take it out, sprinkle with chopped parsley and drizzle 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar over it.

*** If you want to make a balsamic reduction, you will have to do this stove top. Pour 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar in a pot over medium heat. Heat for approximately 10-15 and allow for the water to evaporate. You will have to keep an eye on this. You will know it is finished when it coats the back of a spoon. A reduction will provide a more intense balsamic flavor....buuuuttt.... it is an extra step. YOU DECIDE!

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