I know, I know. I’m supposed to post super healthy recipes in January. Well guess what! I’m not doing it.
I could give you a ramble about health being a lifestyle that must include some indulgence and balance and all that good stuff. But really it’s just because I have some yummy and comforting recipes I want to share before the weather gets warm.
And hey, this is a whole wheat crust with some veggies. Stick to one slice and serve it with a big salad, and that’s still a pretty healthy meal.
I’m totally in love with this bizarro combination. This is a CINNAMON butternut squash, burrata, + fried sage pizza. Yeah, cinnamon. So weird. But SO STINKING GOOD.
Preston and I had friends over for a pizza night over the summer, and with two groups of people contributing ingredients we wound up with this funky and fantastic combo that I just had to remake for the blog. My friends brought butternut squash that they bought pre-cut and it came with a big helping of cinnamon butter to cook the squash in. So we went with it and put cinnamon squash on pizza. And holy hell, it was good. I mean, cinnamon butter squash with fried sage is a no-brainer combo. But I would not expect it to be so good on pizza with red sauce and cheese.
But DAMN it’s good. Like, really shockingly fantastic.
- 1/4 C butter
- 12 oz butternut squash pieces (I used TJ's zig zags for ease and cuteness factor)
- 2 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t salt
- about a dozen sage leaves
- 1 whole wheat pizza dough*
- 1 T olive oil
- pinch of salt
- pinch of dried oregano
- pinch of crushed red pepper
- 1/3 C pizza sauce
- 8 oz burrata cheese
- 1/4 C parmesan cheese
- *I just used one from Trader Joe's, but if you want to make your own, here's my favorite easy recipe.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter. Add butternut squash, cinnamon, and salt and cook for about 10 minutes, until squash is softened. Add a tablespoon of water and cover pan and steam squash just for about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove squash from butter and place on a paper towel to remove excess butter.
- In the same pan with the same butter (you can add a little more if you need), add sage leaves and fry for just about 60 seconds per side. Remove and place them on a paper towel as well.
- Prep your pizza by stretching out the dough on a cooking-sprayed baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil on dough and sprinkle with salt, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Then dollop half of the burrata over the pizza. Add the pizza sauce in small dollops where you didn't place burrata.
- Cover the pizza with your butternut squash, top with the rest of the burrata and the parmesan cheese. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
- Remove and top with your fried sage leaves and a few fresh sage leaves.