It's officially the season of fall! While I'm not a fan of the weather that comes with it, I do love the seasonal produce that it brings, such as the delicata squash. The delicata is in season til winter but it tastes best in early fall after its harvest. During this time, it is much sweeter and has a richer flavor. During the winter time, the flavors are much more subtle.
Patrick brought home one medium sized delicata from work and we decided to use it as a pizza topping along with some kale and caramelized onions because we knew the flavors would compliment eachother very well. It turned out delicious and beautiful! The buttery taste of the melted fresh mozzarella along with the sweet and caramelized notes of the squash, onion, and kale made the perfect foursome.
It is now one of our favorite meatless pizza creations ever. Thanks for reading this post - I hope you enjoy the recipe below!
Delicata Squash, Kale, Caramelized Onions, Fresh Mozzarella Cornmeal Pizza Recipe
Serves 2 people
- 1 bunch lacinato kale, washed and chopped
- 1 medium to large delicata squash, washed
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cornmeal crust pizza dough (homemade or bought - we love the Vicolo brand)
- 8 oz fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
- kosher salt
- In a large pan (or cast iron) over medium-high heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil then add onions. Coat the onions evenly and add a pinch of salt and grind some pepper. You will need to stir constantly for 15-17 minutes or until it reaches your desired texture.
- When the onions are caramelized, add in the chopped kale and cook with the onions, about 10 minutes for the kale to cook down and reduce. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut your delicata in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut each half into 1/2 inch slices (it should look like half moons, check out photo above in slideshow).
- Transfer the cut delicata into a bowl and coat lightly in some olive oil (be careful not to over oil or it will get too soft). On a baking pan lined with parchment paper, arrange squash in single layers maximizing pan and sprinkle some salt. Roast for 6 minutes then turn over the squash and cook for another 6 minutes or until tender to bite. Set aside.
- Turn the oven to temperature required for pizza dough.
- Take your fresh mozzarella and slice it thinly. You will be layering this onto the pizza, so make sure it's cut consistently. Set aside.
- Prepare pizza dough according to recipe or store bought directions. Halfway through baking, remove the pizza from the oven and start putting on your toppings. The first layer will be the thinly sliced cheese. The second layer on top of the cheese will be the kale and caramelized onions, then the delicata squash.
- Pop it back into the oven to finish the baking, in the last 2 minutes put the pizza to broil to get a crispier crust but be sure to keep a close watch on it in case it burns!
- Let it cool for 8 minutes or so and then serve.