Here it is:
|Multigrain crust, walnut-cashew cheese, roasted butternut squash,|
carmelized onions, sage, spinach and a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil
I started by making up a batch of walnut cashew cheese.
The Walnut Cashew Cheese
This cheese is a slight variation on my favorite cashew cheese. I wanted to use walnuts, because walnuts go so well with squash. The color of this cheese ends up being a little weird, but don't worry... once it's under all the pizza toppings, you don't see it anyway. And it tastes DELICIOUS.
1/2 cup of raw cashews, soaked
1/2 cup of walnuts, soaked
3 cloves of garlic
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp white wine (optional)
2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast
salt and ground white pepper, to taste
water, as needed to make creamy
Combine everything in a food processor, and blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. (If you have any leftover after you make your pizza, try it on crackers or in a sandwich)
Next, I cut the squash into cubes, tossed it with some olive oil, salt and pepper and roasted it at 400 until it was cooked through and starting to brown on the edges. While that was cooking, I sliced up some onions and slow cooked them with a bit of olive oil until they were soft and sweet. I wilted a bit of baby spinach, and chopped up some sage. Next, I sprinkled the pizza peel with cornmeal, and stretched out the dough, and covered the dough with the walnut cashew cheese. Then I topped it with the onions, squash, sage and spinach. I slid it onto the pizza stone, and baked it for 10 minutes at 475. (if you don't have a pizza stone, you can stretch your dough directly onto a cookie sheet and just bake it on there)
After removing it from the oven, I drizzled the finished pizza with a little bit of this wonderful pumpkin seed oil I bought at The Saratoga Olive Oil Company this past October, when we visited Burlington, Vermont. It was the perfect finishing touch! I think maybe walnut oil or another nutty kind of oil would also be delicious.
|Butternut Squash Pizza, with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc|