After writing my Chews and Brews birthday post, I was taking a look at all my past posts and realized I haven’t ever posted a pizza recipe and we make pizza all the time! We love pizza, and really who doesn’t? We like making your plain pepperoni and mushroom types of pizzas but also like experimenting with different ingredients and combinations which inspired this butternut squash caramelized onion feta pizza. Also, I had to get rid of half a squash and a whole onion before they went bad… Butternut squash caramelized onion feta pizza is a great meal idea for those who take part in meatless Monday’s, are vegetarian or just want a full flavoured pizza!
As you are probably aware, I do like squash as I have shared a few of my favourites including the butternut squash and sausage pasta as well as the amazing acorn squash fries. I’ve also done some onion caramelizing in my blog past, particularly for the caramelized onion dip I made. But putting all of these ingredients together and adding feta, onto a pizza, now that’s something new for us!
Butternut Squash Caramelized Onion Feta Pizza
There are a few steps to this butternut squash caramelized onion feta pizza making process and it may seem complicated, but if you time everything right, you will have a fresh, flavourful pizza on your plate in an hour and a half.
I knew I wanted to use the squash as my “pizza sauce” so to get it smooth and sauce-like, I roasted it for an hour, with garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper. This got the squash super soft and I mashed it into a silky smooth puree. You could use a food processor to puree it as well, which would make it a lot smoother than my mashing method.
Meanwhile, Eric made the crust. We use a variety of pizza crusts when we make pizza – you can use whatever recipe is your favourite. For this post, we wanted a dough that we didn’t need to leave to rise because it was after work and we were hungry! We used a thin crust recipe from Fearless Homemaker that is simple and fast.
To caramelize the onions, I started about half way through the butternut squash roasting time. It takes patience to caramelize onions so I knew I needed at least a half hour.
I melted butter in a pot, added some olive oil and then added the onions and let them cook, low and slow, continually stirring, for about 20 minutes. Once they started to caramelize and got a little brown, I added in balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and a pinch of salt and pepper. I continued to cook for another 10 minutes.
Now that the dough is made, squash is roasted and mashed or pureed and the onions are caramelized, time to actually assemble the pizza!
Stretch the dough out onto a olive oiled, parchment paper lined cookie sheet. You can use a pizza pan or cookie sheet, and you can stretch or roll the dough into a square, rectangle, circle or any shape that you really want! It’s going to taste just as amazing, even if it is a triangle!
Spread butternut squash mash over pizza dough evenly. Bake in the oven at 500 degrees F for 5 mins. Turn the pan 180 degrees and bake for another 5 minutes.
Take out of the oven and top evenly with caramelized onions and feta and put back in the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven, slice and serve your butternut squash caramelized onion feta pizza with an ice cold beer or your favourite beverage!
- 2 cup, cubed butternut squash (about 1/2 of a medium sized squash)
- 1 whole garlic (about 8 - 10 cloves)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Pinch salt and pepper
- 1 large red onion, sliced
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- Pinch salt and pepper
- Your favourite pizza dough recipe
- 1/2 cup feta cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Roast cubed butternut squash with whole garlic cloves, olive oil and salt and pepper in oven for 60 minutes, until very soft and mashable.
- Remove from oven, mash or puree into a smooth texture and set aside.
- Meanwhile, use your favourite dough recipe and make your pizza dough.
- Once the squash is about half way done roasting, start the onions.
- Melt butter in a pot on low heat and add in the olive oil and onions. Cook onions on low heat, continually stirring, for about 20 minutes.
- Once they start to caramelize and get a little brown, add in balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and salt and pepper. Continued to cook for another 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
- Lay parchment paper on a cookie sheet or pizza pan and drizzle olive oil evenly over. Stretch the dough out onto the pan.
- Spread butternut squash mash over pizza dough evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for 5 mins. Turn the pan 180 degrees and bake for another 5 minutes.
- Take pizza out of the oven and top evenly with caramelized onions and feta and put back in the oven for another 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven, slice and serve hot.
What are your favourite pizza toppings?
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