I’m thinking I should have called this recipe, The Thanksgiving or The New England. Butternut squash roasted with red onions, brown butter sage with blue cheese and tarentaise—salty and sweet this combo will satisfy any fall comfort food craving. I snuck down to the kitchen last night to slice off one more tiny piece. All the ingredients are local and the cheeses are from Vermont. Delicious warm or at room temperature.
I have two different pizza dough recipes in heavy rotation. For this pizza I used Wolfgang Puck’s recipe featured on marthastewart.com. The dough has honey rather then sugar which I prefer. Side note: have you heard the recent controversy surrounding store bought honey? In this recipe I used Blue Hill honey I picked up from the Hudson Valley. The dough is fast to make in a stand mixer but you could always use store bought dough if you’re short on time.
While the dough is rising; use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from a medium size butternut squash. Slice the squash into small chunks—easiest way I’ve discovered to do this is cut off the ends and then slice in half—arrange in a roasting pan with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the squash for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. It shouldn’t be cooked through. It will finish cooking on top of the pizza. Remove from the oven and set aside.
While the squash is cooking, slice two red onions into rings and saute in pan with a little bit of olive oil for 2-3 minutes. You want the onions to be softened but not completely cooked. Set aside.
I usually do all three steps above in the morning and then finish the pizza in the evening. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Roll out the dough, the recipe I used can make two smaller pizzas or one really big one—I made one because I like leftovers. Grate Tarentaise from Spring Brook Farm or use gruyere to cover the entire pie. Scatter the butternut squash you roasted on top with the red onions. Bake for 20 minutes or so until the dough is crisp.
While the pizza is cooking, melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter in a pan and throw in a handful of sage leaves to brown, put aside. Crumble a small chunk of blue cheese—I used Great Blue Hill—set aside.
When the pizza is done, open the oven and scatter the blue cheese and sage leaves on top. You want the blue cheese to melt just a little. Remove from oven and serve. Enjoy!