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Butternut squash & apple pizza

October 20, 2010

Is it strange that upon getting home tonight and seeing that my commute took ‘only’ 50 minutes, I immediately said (out loud), ‘Wow, it was a quick drive today!’?

50 minutes should not be considered a ‘quick’ commute but for me, it totally is. The longest night ever took nearly 3 hours but usually it’s closer to 1:15. 😕

I was happy to get home quickly because besides being starving all day — today was free snack day, though, so I chowed down on two mini cappuccino chip gelato sandwiches mid-afternoon — there was pizza on my mind.

I’ve been loving the butternut squash & apple combo lately, making them sweet-n-spicy in the oven and turning them into a thick, hearty soup. How about pizza?

I buy whole wheat pizza dough in a bag at Trader Joe’s — just .99 for a huge bag o’ dough — and cut it into individual balls before freezing it all. That way, I don’t have to worry about the dough going bad and can cook the perfect amount for one serving.

Most people probably use a rolling pin to flatten out dough. What if you don’t have one?

The key here is to be gentle. You definitely don’t want glass shards in your dough! (Don’t worry, I just ordered a rolling pin and a pizza stone online.)

I peeled the butternut squash and sliced it into thin pieces. You only need a small chunk of squash — less than 1/4 of the entire thing — for an individual pizza serving.

The leftover squash is currently in a saucepan to become lunch or dinner tomorrow. 🙂

Slice an apple the same way.

While these were getting chopped, I started caramelizing some onion in olive oil on the stovetop. Drizzle a little olive oil on the dough, layer your toppings and pop it in a 425* oven for 6 minutes.

After 6 minutes, I took the pizza out and added a little garlic + rosemary + thyme, then put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes.


The apartment smells like a mix of onions and garlic right now. Not sure what the neighbors think but it smells delicious to me!

Oh, and word of advice: don’t forget to put down cornmeal or cooking spray on the pan. Not that I would ever forget a crucial step like that or anything but, you know, I’m just sayin’… 😉

Despite a pretty hearty dinner, I’m still hangry. You know what will help…?

Tomorrow should be a fun day at work. We’re having a team offsite at a nearby farm/pumpkin patch so after a half day of real work, it’s off for an afternoon of corn mazes, pillow jumping (whatever that is) and paintballing.

What’s your favorite kind of pizza? I love piling a pizza with as many veggies as possible but I also enjoy the simplicity of a white pizza — just a little cheese, no sauce, lots of seasoning.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2010 8:02 pm

    3 hour commute?! Where do you work?

    I think the sauce is the best part of the pizza. I could do without the cheese, but not the sauce!

    • October 20, 2010 8:05 pm

      I work out in Dulles, close to the airport. Traffic is always terrible coming home and the 3-hour night was POURING rain. I was pretty much in tears from tired + stress + hunger.

  2. October 20, 2010 8:35 pm

    I’m a plain pizza gal … boring, I know 😛 Gelato sandwiches?!? Yum!!

  3. October 20, 2010 8:50 pm

    I just rocked butternut squash pizza for dinner myself! 🙂

  4. Anna permalink
    October 20, 2010 9:28 pm

    um, best makeshift rolling pin? a wine bottle. seriously, i don’t know that i would necessarily bother with a real one any time soon…

    • October 20, 2010 9:40 pm

      Truth. At least then you can use the neck as a handle.

  5. October 20, 2010 10:40 pm

    Hmm like the pizza combo, very interesting. My fave kind of pizza is … any kinda actually. lol. But I’m a fan of mushroom and onion!

    I hear ya on that commute. I’m like woo hoo it only took 1 hr 50 min to get home not 2!

    • October 21, 2010 6:27 pm

      Wow, your commute tops mine. Isn’t it terrible?!


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