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Rustic Butternut Squash Flatbread Pizza

rustic butternut squash flatbread pizzaSometimes weekends bring the need for a quick and light mid-day snack. If I plan right… homemade pizza can be that between meal filler.

This was the case on a recent Sunday. After returning home from breakfast at a local diner, I got the urge to make homemade dough. I was going to be busy around the house (laundry, cleaning, etc). I knew if I didn’t plan ahead, cookies would end up in my mouth instead of something a bit more healthy.

So, I made a homemade dough. Fresh produce, caramelized onion, cheese and a dose of prosciutto led to a simple, sauce-less pizza.

rustic butternut squash flatbread pizza

I started with a crispy flatbread recipe I had used in the past (though for flatbread crackers). I baked it seasoned with red pepper flakes and a bit of salt and pepper. While the dough was rising and baking I roasted butternut squash slices (seasoned the same) and caramelized onions.

When the “crust” was baked, I topped it with a light helping of grated mozzarella, Parmesan  and Romano cheeses. The cheese was then topped with the roasted squash and caramelized onions.

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A little prosciutto, torn in smaller pieces, added a bit more flavor, as well as another texture. A bit more of the grated Parmesan and Romano cheeses topped it all…and finally, a drizzle of olive oil before going in the oven.

rustic butternut squash flatbread pizza  rustic butternut squash flatbread pizza

It baked up to a simple, rustic pizza which I then “crowned” with fresh baby arugula.

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Flatbread Pizza

  • Servings: 2-10-inch Pizzas
  • Time: 1hr 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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For the Dough:

Ingredients:
1 cup warm water [about 110°F]
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface and hands
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for bowl
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 large egg whisked with 1 Tablespoon water, for egg wash
Sea salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes, for seasoning

Directions:
Place water and sugar in a medium bowl; sprinkle with yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, oil  and kosher salt. Mix until dough forms.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; knead with floured hands until smooth, about 2 minutes (or with mixer/dough hook). Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with a towel or plastic wrap. Let dough stand in a warm, draft-free place until it doubles in volume, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Divide dough in 2 equal pieces; cover with towel or  plastic wrap.

Roll out/stretch by hand 1 piece of dough to a rough, 10 inch circle on a lightly floured surface; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with egg wash; sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (or toppings of your choice). Repeat with remaining dough, or refrigerate up to 3 days for another use.

Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until crisp and golden, 18 to 22 minutes.

For the Flatbread Pizzas:

Ingredients:
Caramelized onions
Roasted butternut squash (drizzle 1/4-inch slices with olive oil, season as desired and roast in a 375°F oven for about 15 minutes)
Cheese of choice (I used mozzarella, Parmesan and Romano)
Prosciutto, torn in bite sized pieces
Fresh Arugula
Olive oil

Directions:
Top baked dough round with cheese, caramelized onions, roasted butternut squash slices and prosciutto. Grate a bit more Parmesan and Romano cheeses over the top and drizzle with olive oil. Bake until cheese is melted, bubbly and slightly golden; about 15 minutes. Top pizza with fresh arugula. Let stand for 5 minutes; serve in wedges.

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