Caramelized Onions and Butternut Squash Pizza? Oh yes….

Sweet and spicy has always been a favorite of mine.  The sweet of slow cooked onion and roasted squash with a bit of thyme and sage.  Topped with Jalapeno Jack cheese.  Nothing fancy for when you don’t need anything fancy.

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Note:  This one is a weekend meal for me because I make my own pizza dough.  You can always use store bought, but I like a whole wheat which isn’t widely available.  Making your own dough is easy.  I take a standard whole wheat pizza dough recipe and add 1/4 cup (yes-cup) of no salt seasoning and 1/4 cup of roasted sunflower seeds to mine.  (Makes the pizza even better!)

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The rest of the prep takes a bit more time, due to the long saute to caramelize the onions.  But it’s worth it.  Slicing the squash thinly lets it roast right on the pizza.  The flavors go so well together.  This one doesn’t have a sauce and frankly….doesn’t need it.  Plan on about an hour total time.

You’ll need:

4 medium yellow onions, peeled, halved, and sliced

3-4 Tbs olive oil

1-2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 Tbs dried thyme

1/2 tsp dried sage

small butternut squash, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced thinly

1 Tbs fresh thyme

1-2 Tbs olive oil

1 Tbs balsamic vinegar

1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

8 oz grated Jalapeno Jack cheese

whole wheat pizza dough (see note above)

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Place a large heavy bottomed skillet or soup pot on medium heat.  Add olive oil and sliced onions.  Stir.  Sprinkle with salt,dried thyme and sage. Stir again.  Cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes to let onions soften and collapse.  Remove lid and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes until onions are caramelized and a light golden brown.  You will need to stir more often towards the end of cooking them.

While the onions are cooking….

Peel and thinly slice the squash.  Use only the top section if possible.  Combine fresh thyme with oil, vinegar and fresh ground pepper.  Place sliced squash in a medium bowl and  pour thyme sauce over it.  Toss to coat and set aside.

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Spread your pizza dough out on a lightly greased half baking sheet.  Grate the cheese.

When onions have about 10 minutes left, preheat your oven to 475F and place the rack on the next to the bottom slot.

When onions are ready,  use a spoon to spread them evenly over the dough.  Add the squash slices on top of the onions with a slight overlap.  Spread the grated Jack over the squash.

Bake for about 30 minutes.  Remove and let cool slightly.  Slice and serve.  Enjoy!

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