Monday, February 6, 2012

Monday Munchies - Butternut Pizza with Bacon, Spinach and Feta

Do you ever get in a pizza rut?  I LOVE pizza but when I make it at home I have standard ingredients that I just throw on, and never give it another thought.  This pizza is a little out of the box (get it, the pizza box...bad, I know haha) but it was so delicious!  The combination of flavors is such a perfect blend, no single ingredient overpowers the pizza.  My family was very skeptical when I told them what I was making but everyone* ended up loving it and it's one that we will definitely be making again.  
*Disclaimer - Colin was not home at the time, and had he been home only 3 out of 4 would have loved it - this recipe is not exactly picky boy food

Butternut Pizza with Bacon, Spinach and Feta
1 butternut squash, peeled, cored and diced into 1/2″ cubes (If you know any tips for quickly or easily cutting squash please share your secrets - I'm no expert and it takes me forever)
1 small red onion, peeled and quartered
4 Tbsp. olive oil
kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper (I used coarse ground salt and it added a lot of flavor but regular salt will work just fine too)
1 medium pizza crust
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 cups loosely-packed baby spinach
6 slices lean bacon, cooked and diced into 1/2″ pieces
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large bowl, toss together the squash, onion, and 2 tablespoons olive oil, then spread the mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes, stirring and turning the vegetables about halfway through.

Brush the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over the top of the pizza crust.  Leaving a 1″ border for crust, toss the Mozzarella cheese evenly over the center of the crust.  Layer with spinach, then bacon, and the squash/onion mixture (breaking up the onions if needed).  Then sprinkle the top with feta cheese.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until crust is slightly golden and the Mozzarella is melted (or if you're using a purchased crust bake according to the directions on the package).  Slice and serve immediately.

Recipe Source: Gimme Some Oven Blog

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