Monday, November 21, 2011

UK Pizza

Alright friends. You may have noticed a lack of Sunday night blog! If you are my Facebook friend, you may know why. It’s because I had tickets to Kentucky’s basketball game on Sunday at Mohegan Sun. This is a 2 hour(ish) ride to the casino and 2(ish) more back. If you did not attend the University of Kentucky, you may wonder why someone would make a 4 hour trip for a 2 hour game. For those of you who do not understand, let me try to explain. “In Kentucky we care more about basketball than you do. In fact, we care more about basketball than you probably care about anything. No program’s fans in America are more committed, passionate, or crazy than those of the Big Blue Nation.”
-Matt Jones  

Suffice to say that when Kentucky’s in town (or near town) I’m headed that way with my big blue wig and an unbridled spirit. My apologies, dedicated readers, but in a contest against UK Basketball, you lose 100 times out of 100; love you as I do!  

That said, I did make a HUGE meal for my friends on Saturday night that I would like to share one of my dishes from. I was hosting friends for a GIGANTIC Italian meal (thank you Capone’s). When planning the meal I originally thought of making garlic bread. But it seemed a bit boring to me and I was in need of an extra appetizer. Boston Organics recently had a squash pizza in their newsletter, so I tried it.

Here’s the breakdown:

1 whole wheat Boboli pizza crust
*You can make your own, but I don’t have the stamina
½ butternut squash, roasted
2 onions, caramelized
fat free milk
goat cheese
parmesan cheese
yellow curry powder

To caramelize your onions, slice them pretty thin. In a skillet sauté them with olive oil and salt over medium-low heat, stirring every 10 minutes or so until they are a brown caramelized color. *Note, this will take a long time! Probably the better part of an hour. Peel and cut up your squash into 1” pieces. Coat lightly in olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes or until soft. Mix squash with an electric mixer or blender adding milk until the consistency is smooth. Sprinkle in 1-2 tsp yellow curry powder and mix in. I would suggest if you’re planning to make this do these steps in advance when you have time. To construct the pizza, spread the squash on the crust. Add the caramelized onions evenly. Salt and pepper the pizza. Sprinkle with crumbles of goat cheese, not to cover the pizza, just to evenly disburse. Sprinkle (or shred if you have a block) parmesan on top. Bake at 450 degrees for about 18 minutes. The cheese isn’t really going to melt, but make sure its hot!

Unfortunately I do not have an image for you as we ate it very quickly. But know that this pizza was a huge success and a favorite part of the meal for me! Additionally, you don’t need that much cheese to get the flavor you want, so tone it back and keep it quasi healthy! 

And just incase you’d like to check out what all the hype is about, Kentucky plays again Wednesday night at 7:00pm ET! I think it’ll be ESPN3.

Go Cats!!

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