I came up with this Caramelized Onion Squash Pizza Recipe because I had about a million onions taking up way too much space. I put onion in many many dishes, but usually just half an onion or maybe one, not more. So what to do with so many onions? Well caramelizing them reduces them to almost nothing. It’s just like with Spinach. You can have a fridge full of spinach and only end up with a small pan of cooked spinach. Caramelizing onions takes time but is very much worth the time and effort. They become so sweet and delicious you can hardly tell they are even onions but rather strings of sugar.
In my opinion squash always tastes best when roasted so why not take advantage of the time caramelizing onions by popping your squash in the oven for flavor enhancement? Smart, eh?
Make your own pizza crust or buy one that you like. I chose a store bought one this time because an organic and gluten free pizza crust caught my attention when going shopping. My family has loved this crust ever since and I usually try to keep one in stock always because they keep fresh for quite some time in the fridge.
Enjoy a Pizza that does not taste like store bought but rather like from a gourmet pizzeria!
Caramelized Onion Squash Pizza
- 1 pizza crust (home made or store bought)
- 4 yellow onions
- 1 squash (butternut pumpkin any yellow flesh squash will do)
- 150 g shredded cheddar cheese
- 50 g Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven as instructed in pizza crust recipe or package.
Cut the squash in half and deseed.
Put a little olive oil in your hands and cover the squash halves inside out in olive oil.
Put in oven for 45-60 minutes depending on size of squash (insert a wooden pick in the squash, once soft as avocado, the squash is ready)
Peel and slice onions in thin stripes.
Heat a little olive oil over medium heat in a medium sized pan and once hot add onions.
Turn down heat to low and fry your onions until caramelized stirring occasionally to prevent from burning. Onions are caramelized when very very soft and caramel colored (this can take up to 45 minutes).
Once squash is done take out and let cool as much as necessary to be able to take it into your hand and scrape out the flesh. I usually wait until I can hold the squash with my dishwashing gloves. Leave oven on at 350 F.
Take out your pizza crust and cover evenly with cheddar cheese. Spread out flesh of squash on pizza and cover evenly with caramelized onions.
Salt and pepper to taste and cover with Parmesan cheese.
Bake for as long as pizza crust instructions recommend (usually 8-12 minutes).
Serve with salad of your choice. I love arugula and tomato salad with home-made Maple Mustard Dressing.
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