Butternut squash is also known in Australia as Butternut pumpkin, is a type of winter squash that is absolutely delicious. It has a distinct sweet and nutty taste that is similar to that of pumpkin. This type of yellow skin squash also boasts an orange fleshy pulp. When ripe, it turns increasingly deep orange, and becomes sweeter and richer.
The most popular variety, the Waltham Butternut, originated in Stow, Massachusetts, on what is now the Butternut Farm Golf Club. This makes a very unique ingredient for our next pizza creation which I’m sure you’ll absolutely love!
* 1 1/2 pound butternut squash
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1/2 cup water
* 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and kept warm
* 10 sheets phyllo stacked between sheets of wax paper and covered with a kitchen towel
* 9 tablespoons parmesan cheese — freshly grated
* 6 slices bacon cut into 1/2-inch pieces, cooked until crisp, and drained
* 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves — minced
* 6 scallion greens — chopped
* 1 small red onion sliced thin and separated into pieces
Quarter squash lengthwise and discard seeds. Peel squash carefully and cut into 3/4-inch pieces. In a large heavy skillet cook squash in oil over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add water and salt to taste and simmer, covered, until squash is just tender, about 10 minutes. Simmer squash, uncovered, until almost all water is evaporated, about 5 minutes. In a food processor purée squash with salt and pepper to taste. Squash purée may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Lightly brush a large baking sheet with some butter and put 1 sheet phyllo on butter. Lightly brush phyllo with some remaining butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Put another sheet of phyllo over cheese, pressing it firmly so that it adheres to bottom layer. Butter, sprinkle with cheese, and layer remaining phyllo in the same manner, ending with a sheet of phyllo. Lightly brush top sheet with remaining butter. Fold in all sides 1/4 inch, pressing to top sheet, and fold up a 1/4-inch border, crimping corners.
Spread squash purée evenly on phyllo crust and top with bacon, rosemary, scallion greens, and onion.
Bake pizza in middle of oven until crust is golden, about 15 minutes.