Ok, so I admit, it’s a little weird: pizza on squash. It’s kind of soft, and it’s not like you can pick it up like a slice of pizza. But the flavor? Oh yum. Yum, yum, yum! =)
- 1 6 lb butternut squash
- raw white cheddar cheese
- pizza toppings of your choice (ham, pepperoni, Italian sausage, olives, peppers, onions, etc.)
- 6 oz Tomato Paste
- 2 cans water
- ½ tsp basil
- ½ tsp oregano
- 3 tsp garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 TB Honey
- I started with a huge butternut squash--a 6 pounder. You could start with a smaller one if you wish, about ⅔ of the squash made enough pizza for my family of 6 plus leftovers. (We also had some sides--a 7 layer salad and some cheesy cauliflower "potatoes").
- First, I washed off the squash, put a big slice in it (equivalent to poking fork holes in a potato :)), and put it in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes (with a cookie sheet underneath it to catch any drips). This partially cooked the squash.
- While it was in the oven, I made the sauce:
- Sauce: Mix everything in a small saucepan and heat up. =)
- Then, I cut the skin off and cut it into slices, about ¼ inch thick, put them on a cookie sheet, and topped them with the pizza sauce.
- You can top your pizza with whatever you want. I used raw white cheddar, since Mozzarella is not GAPS legal, and I used a lot of it (probably 9 to 10 cups total).
- I used Applegate Farms Pepperoni, which doesn't have any nitrates or other preservatives, but it does contain some sugar. I figure it's like bacon (which is almost always cured with sugar), and Dr. Campbell McBride says once per week is ok. My kids like plain pepperoni pizza, so I made this tray for them (and there was only 1 piece left when all was said and done!).
- So basically, pre-cook the squash (partly), cut the skin off, slice the squash into individual pieces, top with sauce, cheese, and other toppings, and then bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. The cheese should be melted and bubbly.
- I think you could pretty much make this on any kind of squash, but Butternut Squash gives nice flat sheets of squash to work with. I was originally thinking of individual acorn squash half pizzas. I've been craving combination pizza, (and then brought my kids to the library story time today and the topic, of course, was Pizza!), so this fit the bill!
I made the next tray for us (and most of it is left :)). It was soo good. Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Green Peppers, Onions, Olives, Mushrooms. YUM. Very good!
Happy pizza eating!!