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Recipe of the Day: Delicata Squash Pizza

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We always keep pizza dough on hand in the freezer for quick, seasonal dinners that almost everyone can enjoy.

The secret is really the dough – we LOVE THIS recipe from Peter Reinhart, author of the new pizza cookbook American Pie.

The thinly sliced delicata look like flowers on top of this gorgeous pizza, because of the subtle dark green ribs in the squash.

Pizza with Delicata Squash, Carmelized Onions, and Gorgonzola Cheese

Ingredients:
> 1 pizza crust (or whole wheat foccacia)
> Olive oil
> Salt and pepper
> 1 medium delicata squash (or dumpling squash)
> 4 yellow onions, sliced thin
> 1 small package of gorgonzola cheese

Place sliced onions in a large skillet over medium-low heat.  Drizzle witholive oil and salt and let simmer for 30 minutes.  Onions should be soft and transparent.
 
Hollow out a delicata squash, remove seeds, and slice into thin slices (1/4 inch) so that they look like flowers.  Arrange on a baking sheet anddrizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Roast in the oven at 350degrees farenheit for 10-15 minutes, or until the squash begins to carmelize and become brown.

Meanwhile, spread the pizza dough into a half-sheet pan or a round
pizza pan.  Drizzle with olive oil and salt.  Scatter with carmelizedonions and arrange delicata squash.  Place a dollop of gorgonzola cheeseinto the center of each squash “flower.”  Bake at 425 degrees farenheitfor 10-15 minutes or until the underside of the pizza crust is a light brown color.  Serve warm.

To add variety to the pizza, roast the squash with sage, use parmesan cheese instead of gorgonzola, and experiment with different squash.

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