Monday, December 15, 2014

Smoky garlic, delicata squash, and bacon pizza


It's Week 7 of 12 Weeks of Winter Squash and I can't believe it's taken me this long to feature one of my most favorite winter squash - delicata! I love delicata squash because not only are they delicious, but they are so pretty and very quick cooking. I've been thinking about putting winter squash on a pizza for a while now and finally decided that delicata would be the winner. The sweet, creamy squash pairs so nicely with the salty, smoky, and crispy bacon. To up the smoky deliciousness of the pizza, I used smoked mozzarella.

For my pizza crust, I almost always use this recipe (or this one if I'm in a pinch for time). For this pizza I used the first crust which I find usually makes two pizzas that are about 10-11 inches in diameter (this depends on how much flour your dough takes that day given the humidity, etc.) This recipe is for two pizzas about that size. We make pizzas probably about once a week or every two weeks. We love pizza and now that I've discovered these simple dough recipes, it's so simple to make at home. Plus, you can try out all sorts of toppings and combinations!


Smoky garlic, delicata squash, and bacon pizza
prepared pizza dough
4 large cloves of garlic, pressed (or very finely minced)
about 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 small-medium delicata squash
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/2 lb. smoked mozzarella cheese, shredded
dried oregano for topping

Prepare your dough/pizzas on parchment paper and you can use it to pick easily them up and on/off the pizza stone (or an upside down baking sheet). To make the best pizza at home, you'll need to crank the oven full force and use the very bottom rack. So if you use a pizza stone, you'll only be able to fit one in the oven at a time (you may be able to fit both if using baking sheets.) Then swap - you can eat the first while the second one bakes.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Halve the delicata squash lengthwise and remove the seeds/strings. Then slice into about 1/4 inch pieces, tossing the stem ends. Place on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and roast in the oven until the squash just starts to become tender and brown, about 6 minutes. Remove and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the garlic with the olive oil and set on the top of your stove to warm up slightly.

Roll out your crust to about 10 inches in diameter on the parchment. Top each pizza with half of the garlic-olive oil mixture, leaving about a half-inch of crust along the edge. Then top with half of the cheese, half of the bacon, half of the red onions, and half of the squash. Sprinkle with a bit of dried oregano.

Place the pizza on the stone and onto the bottom rack of the preheated oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes - until the pizza crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.


What was I cooking one year ago?: chicken, butternut squash, & spinach pasta bake
Two years ago?: dates stuffed with cardamom goat cheese & salted pistachios
Three?: sesame-cranberry cookies
Four?: roasted buttercup squash & apple soup
5?: rosemary shortbread Christmas tree cookies


10 comments:

  1. This pizza is stunning! I'm drooling just imagining the combination of the sweet squash, savory bacon and CHEESE. Genius!

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  2. This is quite a happy combination of flavours on top of the pizza. I must try it out one of these days. So glad to come across your space Amy.

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  3. Since I only get what I grow, I don't have delicata.... Maybe I'll get some seeds for next year. Regardless, I love the pizza!

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  4. That's a perfect treat for this time of the year:
    Delicious and easy to prepare. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. This pizza looks really good and I'm sure the flavors blend together well.

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  6. Now this is quite a pizza! It has everything delicious on it!

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  7. I LOVE everything on your pizza! It's making me hungry for some! :)

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  8. Thats really my kind of pizza. Love it!

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  9. This looks delicious! I've never cooked with delicata squash before, but I hope to give it a try soon.

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  10. I love delicata squash, and I love pizza - this combo looks outrageously good!!

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