Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Roasted Fall Vegetable and Ricotta Pizza

I know this kinda sounds strange, but seriously it's so amazing!
Ingredients for roasting:
A 2lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths
1 red onion, peeled and quartered
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
3 large red new potatoes, peeled and quartered
salt and pepper
olive oil
Ingredients for pizza:
Olive oil, for baking sheet and drizzling
Flour, for dusting surface
1 pound pizza dough, fresh, or thawed if frozen
8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated (about 2 cups)
Roasted Fall Vegetables, coarsely cut (you will have extra)
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, or 1 tsp. of dried (optional)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 chicken breast, grilled and chopped (optional, but not an optional item for Wayne)
You need to roast the veggies.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Divide vegetables and garlic between two rimmed baking sheets (line with parchment paper, if desired, for easy cleanup); dividing evenly, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Roast until vegetables are tender and beginning to brown, 40 to 50 minutes, tossing them and rotating sheets from top to bottom halfway through. (To store: Let cool, place in an airtight container, and refrigerate up to 3 days. Pour off any accumulated liquid before using.)

Preheat oven to 475°. Brush a large baking sheet (preferably rimless) with oil, or line with parchment paper, if desired, for easy cleanup. I like to sprinkle a little cornmeal on the pan after oiling it to add a little crunch to my crust. Totally optional.
On a lightly floured surface, roll and stretch dough as large as will fit on baking sheet; transfer to sheet.
Sprinkle dough with half the mozzarella. Scatter vegetables and chicken on top, and dollop with ricotta; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and, if using, rosemary. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Bake until bubbling and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve.
I like to brush the edges of the crust with a little olive oil before baking. And I grill the chicken breasts with the rosemary on them instead of sprinkling it all over the pizza. And there you have it! A delicious and filling fall dinner.

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