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Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread
I’m pretty excited about this post. It features some of my favorite ingredients: butternut squash, caramelized onions, and sage. And it’s perfect for fall! But best of all, it’s a collaboration with an amazing food photographer, Rikki Snyder. Oh, and it has a concept too! A concept!

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread
After emailing back and forth for a while, Rikki and I decided to work together on a few posts. I’ve always felt that my strength as a food blogger is recipe development; while I love taking pictures, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a struggle at times. And since Rikki takes gorgeous photos, it seemed like a fun idea for me to develop some recipes and for Rikki to photograph them. Today I’m posting the first recipe, a Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread, and tomorrow Rikki will be publishing a recipe for Penne with Butternut Squash & Kale on her blog.

Fontina Cheese & Sage
The common denominator in the recipes? Butternut squash! (And caramelized onions too.) Fall is typically a busy time. The lazy, relaxed days of summer are over. Now the kids are back in school, days are shorter, and easy meals are much-needed. Well, here are two meal ideas to make life a little bit less hectic–at least around dinnertime.

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread
Both the pasta and the flatbread start with roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions. You can make these over the weekend or the night before. You’ll use half of them in each recipe. While the roasted squash and caramelized onions take a little bit of time to make, they’re fairly hands-off recipes. With both of those prepared in advance, the pasta and flatbread are each done in 20 minutes or less.

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread
The best thing about these two meals is that not only are they easy, but they’re delicious. Because even though fall is a busy time, rushed meals don’t always have to come out of a box or a can–with a little bit of planning, you can have a quick homemade meal like this rustic butternut squash flatbread. And trust me, having eaten many meals from a box in my day, this flatbread is way better.

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread

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Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread Recipe

Make a batch of roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions ahead of time and get two meals out of them: this Butternut Squash & Caramelized Onion Flatbread and Penne with Butternut Squash & Kale.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

Roasted Butternut Squash

  • 1 extra large butternut squash, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt + pepper to taste

Caramelized Onions

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 large onions, halved & thinly sliced
  • salt + pepper to taste

Flatbread

  • 1 prepared pizza crust
  • 1/2 of caramelized onions
  • 1/2 c. shredded Fontina or Italian blend cheese
  • 1/2 of roasted butternut squash
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. sage leaves, cut into ribbons
  • 2 tbsp. chopped toasted walnuts (optional)

Instructions

Roasted Butternut Squash

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Divide squash onto 2 rimmed baking sheets; drizzle each sheet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until tender. Reserve half for penne recipe.

Caramelized Onions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add onions and a pinch of salt. Cook until completely caramelized, stirring occasionally at first and more often as onions begin to brown. Depending on your stove, this could take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour. Season with freshly ground pepper. Reserve half for penne recipe.

Flatbread

  1. Preheat oven to temperature indicated on pizza crust package. Top crust with caramelized onions, cheese, and squash. Bake for time on package or until squash is heated through and cheese has melted.
  2. While pizza is baking, heat oil in small skillet over medium high heat. Add sage leaves and saute, stirring constantly, for about 3 minutes or until leaves are crispy, but still green. Sprinkle sage leaves and walnuts on pizza before serving.

Notes

Prep and cook time are for flatbread only. If you’re making the caramelized onions and butternut squash on the same day you’re making the flatbread, allow about an extra hour.

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79 Comments

  • Reply
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    September 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Now I’m wishing I had the Mr pick up onions at the store last night. I guess I know what he’s doing tonight!

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    Carolyn
    September 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Okay, that is a flatbread worth me trying to make a low carb version. That looks heavenly!

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      Kiersten
      September 24, 2012 at 10:08 am

      I think it would be pretty easy, right? The only carb-y thing is the prepared crust, which you could switch out with a low carb version…

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food
    September 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

    This flatbread is GORGEOUS! I want it in my belly now!

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    September 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

    What a gorgeous collaboration between you and Rikki, Kiersten! These photos are stunning and the recipe looks divine.

    Both roasted butternut squash and caramelized onions freeze very well, too, so you can prep even farther in advance if you really want to get crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Kiersten
      September 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

      You know, I freeze just about everything, but I never thought to freeze either of those! That would be especially handy with caramelized onions, because I find myself using them constantly.

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.
    September 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

    omg this is so pretty! A must this week!

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    Jeanette
    September 24, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I just love everything about this flatbread – all the toppings make such a great combination!

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    shelly (cookies and cups)
    September 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I love this!! I am kind of a butternut squash addict.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

      If you’re going to be addicted to something, butternut squash is a pretty good thing to be addicted to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    September 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

    I can practically taste it from here and I am drooling!

  • Reply
    JulieD
    September 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

    This looks amazing, Kiersten! I love how you used a darker background in your photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Actually, I didn’t take the photos, Rikki did. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m totally making a black background for fall/winter photos!

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    September 24, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I know what we’re having for dinner soon! =) Thanks!

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    [email protected]
    September 24, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Wow, that is gorgeous and so appetizing!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    September 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks amazing! Seriously need this for lunch!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    [email protected]
    September 24, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    The photos look so great! Easy and healthy meal – what can be better!

  • Reply
    Cassie
    September 24, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Kiersten, this is beyond amazing! I love this combination of flavors and have some fresh butternut squash at home. Can’t wait to try this!

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    TastefullyJulie
    September 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    This is gorgeous, Kiersten, but don’t underestimate yourself. I love your photography!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Aw, thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    September 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    This is AMAZING! Butternut squash and caramelized onions are both my favourites too. Fantastic clicks, Kiersten.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      The photos were taken by another blogger, Rikki Snyder. We collaborated on this post. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nicole
    September 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    How much onion for the flatbread? It just says 1/2 carmelized onions…

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      Kiersten
      September 24, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      The idea of this recipe is that you’d make a batch of caramelized onions & butternut squash and then you use half of them for this and half of them for a penne recipe (which is going to be posted tomorrow). If you only want to make the flatbread, you could make half the amount of onions & butternut squash–so maybe 1 extra large onion and 1 small butternut squash.

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        Nicole
        September 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        Awesome! I love that it gets you thinking toward the next day’s meal…and sorry if it was there and I didn’t catch it.

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          Kiersten
          September 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

          Don’t worry about it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes
    September 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Butternut squash is one of my faves in the fall! This looks great!

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    Mary Beth Elderton
    September 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    This looks beautiful! BTW–thank you again for teaching me how to caramelize onions. I’ve used your technique over and over since learning it.

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      Kiersten
      September 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

      I’m so glad that post was helpful! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve been meaning to re-do that tutorial with new photos…

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    BusyWorkingMama
    September 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    You are officially the queen of caramelized onions! This looks great.

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Ha ha, I know! I swear I use them 2-3 times a week.

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    Kattie @ First Floor Side Door
    September 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    This looks amazing! Adding ingredients to our shopping list tonight…

    I browsed through Rikki’s site and her work is inspiring. But for the record, I love your photography!!

    • Reply
      Kiersten
      September 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Isn’t it?! I could browse her site all day. But then I would get soooooo hungry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Balvinder
    September 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    What a lovely idea of using butternut squash and caramelized onion on flat bread. trying it this fall. By the way I love all your pictures with a black background.

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook
    September 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    WOW, that is one gorgeous flatbread! Looks delicious, the pictures are amazing!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    September 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    My favorite thing to have my babysitter do is peel & chop butternut squash – I hate it! Almost as much as unloading the dishwasher ๐Ÿ™‚ But I’m so excited about this recipe – esp b/c you used premade pizza crust (yay!) Loving this collaboration!

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      Kiersten
      September 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

      Ha! I have my husband do that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Those things are crazy hard to cut!

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    Natalie
    September 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I love squash on pizzas – it works great as a spread too but I love how you’ve used it in this one – simple, kinda rustic, and gorgeous. Love those photos too!

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      Kiersten
      September 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

      I have a pizza recipe with mashed sweet potatoes as a spread–using butternut squash the same way is a great idea!

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