Monday, November 14, 2011

Butternut, Bacon, Gouda... on a pizza

Squash. I'm sure you've seen this a lot lately.

Horrible lighting, delicious pizza.
As a matter of fact, I've had one sitting on my counter since the end of September. Have I used it yet? Umm.... have you ever tried to cut into and peel a butternut squash? Not so much fun.

Not the squash we ate. This guy's still out in the kitchen.

However, at Sam's Club last Saturday, I found peeled & cubed butternut squash, all nice and neat in a little package. For just $3.98. So much easier.

It looked like this. But didn't have a date from 2009 on it.

So the squash still sits on my counter. But I did actually cook the squash from Sam's.

First, I roasted it with some garlic, salt, and pepper. It was delicious just like that.

But then I made it even better - topped pizza dough with it. Along with bacon. And gouda. And caramelized red onion. Oh my. 

Between my Business Man and I, there was one measly little piece left at the end of the night. Heh.

I intended to make this recipe again next weekend (when I could get some good daylight photos), but decided I couldn't wait that long to share. It's that good. But trust me, I will be making it again. For the pictures, yeah.

Butternut, Bacon, & Gouda Pizza

  • 1 batch pizza dough, your choice
  • 2 cups peeled & cubed butternut squash
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups Gouda cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan


Preheat oven to 450*F. Place squash in baking pan, and drizzle with olive oil. Top with minced garlic, salt, and pepper; stir until evenly coated. Roast for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, saute bacon pieces in skillet until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels to cool. Drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat. Over low heat, saute sliced red onion until caramelized, stirring every few minutes.

When squash is ready, prep pizza dough. (Whichever type you are using.) Drizzle pizza dough with olive oil, and top with about 1/2 cup Gouda cheese. Top with squash, bacon, and caramelized onion. Top with the rest of the Gouda cheese and Parmesan. Bake according to pizza dough directions until crust is golden and cheese is melted.

**I use this tutorial from Annie's Eats for pizza dough. It is FABULOUS!!**

Source: Inspired by How Sweet Eats


theAlmostRunner said...

Wait a second... I missed this. Lawdy, Lawdy... LOOKS SO GOOD!

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