Caramelized Butternut Squash & Pomegranate Salsa

November 13, 2013

 

 

Garlic sage pesto (with pine nuts, Parmesan, olive oil, salt & pepper), shredded Fontina, pomegranate salsa (with dried cranberries, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice, salt & pepper), caramelized butternut squash (with brown sugar & butter), toasted country wheat bread crumbs, fennel fronds

Recipe

 

Ingredients:
1 ball of pizza dough
flour for dusting

semolina flour for pizza stone
olive oil
salt & pepper
hunk of Fontina, shredded
¼ cup bread crumbs (we used a country wheat loaf, cut into cubes)
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon butter
fronds from the top of 2 fennel bulbs (if you don't have fennel lying around, you can use another type of green as a garnish)
2 cups butternut squash, peeled & cubed

1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
maple syrup (optional)

 

For the pesto:
3-4 cloves garlic
6-8 sage leaves
1-2 tablespoons pine nuts
1 tablespoon grated parmesan

 

For the salsa:
¾ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 jalapeño, seeds removed & chopped
2 tablespoons dried cilantro
juice of 1 lime

 

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 550° F, or as hot as it will go. Next, melt a teaspoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the breadcrumbs. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and toasted. Set aside.

 

Next, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat and add the butternut squash. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and stir until coated. Add salt & pepper to taste and cook, stirring frequently to avoid burning, for about 20-25 minutes. If you like, you can add a dash of maple syrup about halfway through. When the squash is fork tender and beginning to caramelize all over, you can take it off the heat.

 

Make the garlic sauce by combining the garlic, sage, pine nuts, parmesan, a couple tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt in a food processor, and pulsing until a thick sauce is formed.

 

Now you can begin to prepare your dough, using the instructions on the right. Next, make the pomegranate salsa by combining the pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and salt & pepper to taste.

 

When the oven is hot and your dough has baked for a minute, brush it lightly with olive oil, followed by an even coating of the garlic sauce. Next add the cheese, pomegranate salsa, butternut squash and toasted bread crumbs, and return the pizza to the oven. Bake until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. Take it out, sprinkle with the fresh fennel fronds, and enjoy!

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HOW TO PREPARE DOUGH

#1 

Start stretching it from the center, then move it around in a circle so that gravity stretches it and creates a natural crust. It helps to put some olive oil on your hands first.

 

#2

Place the dough on your floured surface & push it out with your fingertips until it's the size of your pizza stone. You can fold over the edges to create an extra fluffy crust.

 

#3

When the oven is hot (preheat it with the stone inside), sprinkle some semolina flour on the pizza stone and place your dough on it.

#4

Bake it for about a minute, or until it starts to bubble, then take it out. This last step isn't 100% necessary, but I feel like it adds a little extra crispiness to the crust.

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