11.21.2007

fall flavors

despite the cold temps ... it is still fall! and this is one of my favorite fall flavors treats — butternut squash, sage and goat cheese pizza!


the recipe:

pizza
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 butternut squash cut up into 1 inch cubes
2 shallots finely chopped
approx 30 fresh sage leaves
pizza dough - I use the pre-made (not frozen) dough available in
the breads/pastry section of the grocery store

heat oven to 400°
warm butter and oil in a roasting pan for a few minutes
add squash, shallots and half of the sage leaves
toss to coat (you may want to drizzle some more oil over the top)
roast for 20-25 minutes (until nice and tender)

in the meantime ... stretch the dough out on a baking sheet
or ceramic pizza stone

and make a simple white sauce:
melt (on low) two tbsp butter
slowly mix in 3 tbsps flour
slowly whisk in 1 cup of milk
add some salt and pepper to taste

it will look thin and not "saucy" ... give it a few minutes (keep stirring)
once it has thickened, spread it over the dough

then, spoon out the butternut squash/shallot mixture onto the pizza, crumble the goat cheese and sprinkle on the remaining sage leaves

cook for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden!

yummm

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