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Delicata Squash Pizza with Pancetta, Onions & Chives

Once the first delicata squash hits the produce shelf, we’ve got one thing on our mind: pizza. This oblong winter squash slices into scalloped edge rings with a vibrant orange flesh. We remove the seeds and roast the slices in a slurry of maple syrup and olive oil for a semi-sweet topping to a savory pizza. The saltiness of the pancetta – and the onions cooked in their fat – gives this plush pizza a salty-sweet flavor profile that’s hard to resist. Enjoy this recipe from late summer through winter – or however long you can find delicata squash at the market!

Serves

2 PIZZAS

Prep time

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Cook time

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pizza doughs​
  • 1 delicata squash, sliced and seeds removed​
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup​
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more to drizzle on dough​
  • Salt, to taste​
  • Pepper, to taste​
  • 3/4 teaspoons maple sugar seasoning​
  • 5 oz diced pancetta​
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into half moons​
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced​
  • Shredded mozzarella​
  • Chives, chopped, to garnish​
  • Hot honey, to serve​

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Arrange the sliced and seeded delicata squash on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Toss the squash in maple syrup, olive oil, salt, pepper, and maple sugar seasoning until thoroughly coated. Space the squash on the sheet so that each piece is evenly roasted. Bake the squash for 10 minutes, turning once halfway through.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pancetta in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Transfer the cooked pancetta to a bowl, and discard a bit of the fat from the skillet.
  4. Using the remaining fat rendered from the pancetta in the skillet, cook the onions over medium heat until they’re translucent and a bit browned by not entirely caramelized, about 5-8 minutes.
  5. Prepare your pizza dough. For this particular pizza, we used an Ooni. But you can prepare your pizzas anyway you’d like, whether you’re using pre-baked flatbreads or par-baked pizza doughs to put in the oven. If you’re using flatbreads or par-baked dough, leave the oven temperature at 425°F to bake the pizzas.
  6. Drizzle the dough with olive oil, spread the 2 cloves of garlic over the dough. Coat the dough with a generous layer of mozzarella. Top it with onion, pancetta and the delicata squash. Bake it in the oven for 8-10 minutes (for flatbread) and 10-14 minutes (for par-baked dough) and about 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally to avoid burning in the Ooni.
  7. Finish the pizza with chopped chives and hot honey. Slice and enjoy!

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